Best signings of the winter market to date
The winter market is a double-edged sword for clubs in trouble. On the one hand, allows them to bring in new players who could help change their destiny. However, if no incorporation occurs, the team can end up in a deep depression from which it can be very difficult to get out.
With the winter market already underway, Important signings are on the horizon, some prompted by great performances in the Qatar World Cup 2022. Then, We present you five official transfers that are already giving a lot to talk about.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr)
Despite the obvious decline of Cristiano Ronaldo, its prestige remains so intact that Al-Nassr has decided to invest 200 million euros in their hiring.
The forward signed for the Saudi team after the elimination of Portugal in the World Cup, in a contract that makes him the highest paid player on the planet. To put the deal figures in context, suffice it to say that Ronaldo will earn more than half a million euros a day, far above what Kylian Mbappé perceives, Second classified, that is pocketed 121,5 million euros per year from Paris Saint-Germain.
Although it seems that Ronaldo has gone to the Middle East to live a golden retirement, the player has left the door open to a possible return. The Portuguese has included a clause in your contract that would allow him to leave on loan to Newcastle United if the English team qualifies for the Champions League. Let's not forget that the Saudi owners of the magpies are the same as those of Al-Nassr, so there would be no problem reaching an agreement.
Cody Gakpo (Liverpool)
Cody Gakpo was one of the most outstanding players of the World Cup in Qatar, in which he scored three goals for the Netherlands.
El Liverpool, who already had the player 23 years on his radar before the World Cup, decided to undertake the signing in this winter market before other teams could interfere. The initial agreement contemplates the payment of 42 millions of euros, a figure that could be considered a bargain if the Dutchman has a similar impact in the Premier League.
Gakpo predominantly plays on the left, although with the national team he occupied a more central position. His versatility can prove very useful for Liverpool, that he could lose Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in one fell swoop this summer.
Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton)
In a Premier League where the goal is everything, the teams that do not have a striker who ensures at least 10 targets per season end up having a bad time. El Brentford, for example, could lose Ivan Toney for breach the rules of betting houses and in the club they fear that their loss could condemn them to suffer at the bottom.
Wolverhampton is another team whose lack of goal is taking its toll this year. Thus, has decided to transfer to Matheus Cunha from Atlético de Madrid, with a purchase option 50 million euros if the team remains in the top flight of English football.
It seems like, Cunha is fully focused on his new goal. The Brazilian has shown his determination in the interviews he gave upon his arrival in Wolverhampton and, unlike toney, does not seem to have problem gambling.
Wolves fans hope Cunha will help the team out of the relegation zone by punching through the opponent's goal.
David Fofana (Chelsea)
Chelsea's season to date has certainly been disappointing., to which the injuries of key players and the evident wet gunpowder of their attackers have contributed.
The search for a forward accelerated after the Armando Broja's injury, that he will be away from the pitches for the remainder of the season, which leaves Kai Havertz very alone in the attack blue.
The young David Fofana, coming from the Mold in exchange for some 11 millions of euros, has come to fill this void. Y, if we trust the numbers he has signed in Norway, could be a very useful addition: their 20 years, the ivory sum 22 goals this season, 15 of them in the league and four in the Conference League.
The Chelsea manager, Graham Potter, He has a good hand with young people, so it is likely that soon we will begin to see the talent of Fofana in the Premier League.
Dejan Lovren (Lyon)
In their 17 years in the elite, Dejan Lovren has won, among other titles, an english league; with your selection, played the final of the World Cup in Russia 2018 and got the bronze medal in the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The Croatian centre-back hopes his glory days are not a thing of the past on his return to Lyon.
However, the challenge seems difficult: Lyon have not had a good start this year and are currently in eighth position in the Ligue 1. The odds of repeating the titles of a decade ago, with Lovren in the center of the rear, seem scarce, but the French team hopes that, their 33 years, the Croatian brings experience to a defense that this season has only left clean sheets in two league games.