Expect another wild 24-48 hours as Europe’s 2023 January winter transfer window comes to a close with a host of clubs across the continent hoping to use the urgency brought by the deadline to get deals done.
The top leagues in Europe will all see their winter window close at the end of day on Tuesday, January 31, but other countries have extended deadlines, such as Portugal (Feb. 2), Turkey (Feb. 8), and Serbia (Feb. 10).
After the window closes, teams are limited to signing players who are free agents and out of contract. If there is a transfer from another club involved, it will have to wait until the summer 2023 window opens.
Here are some of the reported potential player moves we’re watching closely for the latest news and updates. They include:
- Barcelona pushing for loan of World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat
- PSG moving for Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech and Inter’s Milan Skriniar
- Chelsea offloading Jorginho to Arsenal, while Conor Gallagher says no to Everton
- Man City sending Joao Cancelo on loan to Bayern Munich
- Chelsea’s pursuing Benfica’s World Cup-winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez
- Brighton’s Moises Caicedo and his potential signing by title hopefuls Arsenal
- Leeds talking to AS Roma’s young Italian attacker Nicolo Zaniolo
- Liverpool’s still searching for midfield help
- Nottingham Forest linked with 4-5 more players
- Man United looking for loan deals if Christian Eriksen’s injury is a bad one
MORE: Updated list of most expensive deals of January 2023 winter window
Transfer Deadline Day tracker
Here is the list of notable deals that are official and have been formally announced by the clubs involved (most recent transfers at the top):
MORE: A look back at the summer 2022 and winter 2022 deadline day
Transfer Deadline Day news
Here are the latest updates on the biggest transfer stories of the moment:
Isco heading to Bundesliga (Mon, 22:25 GMT / 17:25 ET)
Of all the possible destinations for ex-Real Madrid star Isco, no one saw Bundesliga side Union Berlin. Out of contract after mutually parting ways with Sevilla in December, he’ll be getting his medical done on Tuesday, and if all goes well he’ll be a Union player through at least 2024 with an option for another season per Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.
Barcelona want Amrabat loan (Mon, 22:03 GMT / 17:03 ET)
Sofyan Amrabat was one of the revelations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and it looks like Barcelona are positioning themselves to land the player on a six-month loan. After Gerard Romero reported they did not want a mandatory purchase option, which would’ve been a tough sell to Fiorentina, Marca says that Barca’s offer will have one.
Arsenal want Chelsea’s Jorginho (Mon, 21:54 GMT / 16:54 ET)
The Gunners, who are in the running for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, are apparently also going after Chelsea’s Jorginho. It looks like they want cover at midfield either way, but Chelsea will not give him up cheap, per Fabrizio Romano. Offloading Jorginho is necessary after Conor Gallagher refused a move to Everton, according to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.
Leeds enter race for Roma’s Zaniolo (Mon, 21:00 GMT / 16:00 ET)
The young forward does not seem to have a way back into the squad at AS Roma after sitting out for a transfer. He declined a move to Bournemouth, AC Milan don’t look to have the money, and so Leeds are entering the fray, according to Nicolo Schira. But Gianluca DiMarzio says that Roma are holding out for €27.5 million and Leeds’ first offer was rejected.
PSG close to landing Chelsea’s Ziyech (Mon, 20:34 GMT / 15:34 ET)
This would be one of the biggest moves of Deadline Day should Champions League hopefuls PSG acquire the Chelsea winger. According to transfer specialist Santi Aouna, the clubs are only discussing a loan until the end of the year without an option for a full transfer.
Barcelona eye LA Galaxy player (Mon, 20:33 GMT / 15:33 ET)
According to Spanish outlet Relevo, Barcelona are negotiating a deal for LA Galaxy’s 21-year-old right-back Julian Araujo, a dual national who plays for the Mexican national team. It would be a loan with an option to purchase, and he would replace Hector Bellerin, who’s on his way to Sporting CP as the Pedro Porro replacement.
Pedro Porro to Spurs back on (Mon, 20:23 GMT / 15:23 ET)
One day after The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported that the €45m transfer for the right-back fell through, Fabrizio Romano says that Tottenham and Sporting CP have finally reached agreement. Spurs are about to get a new right-back.
More on Pedro Porro exclusive story.
Tottenham and Sporting have finally reached full agreement… again after very long meeting — €45m, payment terms finally approved after Sporting’s change last night 🚨⚪️
Porro will travel to London tomorrow — he only wanted Spurs move. pic.twitter.com/pgtuMpCh2n
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
Weston McKennie to Leeds United (Mon, 17:56 GMT / 12:56 ET)
The American cleared his medical on Monday and the player himself announced that the move from Juventus was done: a £1.3m loan + purchase option of £35m + add-ons deal reportedly running through June 2028 with an option for the 2028/29 season.
Official, confirmed. Weston McKennie joins Leeds United on loan deal from Juventus for €1.2m fee plus €33m buy option clause and add ons. 🚨⚪️🇺🇸 #LUFC
Contract signed, deal completed. pic.twitter.com/E2Byg7HisP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
Chelsea agree Enzo Fernandez fee (Mon, 17:40 GMT / 12:40 ET)
According to transfer journalist Graeme Bailey, Chelsea have now agreed a £115m British record fee for Fernandez. Despite his release clause being set at £105m, they have agreed to pay more in installments to Benfica in order to secure his signature now. Here’s the full lowdown on Enzo Fernandez’s move to Chelsea.
Everton table offer for Conor Gallagher (Mon, 15:45 GMT / 08:45 ET)
Everton have submitted an offer of £40m with a further £5m in add-ons for Conor Gallagher. Just hours after confirming Sean Dyche as their new manager and with money received from Anthony Gordon’s departure in the bank, the Toffees are attempting to sign the Chelsea midfielder. The report claims, however, that Gallagher is unlikely to want to leave the Blues for a relegation-threatened club.
Inter make enquiry for Harry Maguire (Mon, 15:00 GMT / 08:00 ET)
Inter Milan have sounded out the possibility of signing Harry Maguire, according to the Daily Mail. The Serie A giants look set to allow Milan Skriniar to join PSG and are on the lookout for centre-backs and out-of-favour Maguire is seen as an option. However, the report suggests Maguire wants to wait until the summer to make any decision on his future, meaning a deal in the next 36 hours looks unlikely.
Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich (Mon, 12:34 GMT / 07:34 ET)
Well, this has happened fast. Joao Cancelo looks to be on a verge of signing for Bayern Munich on loan from Manchester City. According to Pol Ballus of The Athletic, the deal will likely include a buy option in the region of £65m. Cancelo has lost his starting place at City in recent weeks, with Pep Guardiola preferring Rico Lewis, John Stones and even Nathan Ake in the full-back roles.
MORE: Why Joao Cancelo is leaving Man City for Bayern Munich
Milan Skriniar to PSG (Mon, 09:30 GMT / 04:56 ET)
Milan Skriniar is heading to PSG, but the only question is when. Since his Inter contract expires in June 2023, the centre-back has already signed a pre-deal with the French champions beginning then. The clubs are still negotiating on a potential fee to have him arrive in January. It’s clear Inter Milan have little leverage.
Moises Caicedo to Arsenal (Mon, 08:30 GMT / 03:30 ET)
Arsenal have upped their bid to £70m, but that was rejected by Brighton on Sunday night as the club insists they do not want to transfer their prized midfielder.
🗣️ “The door isn’t complete closed just yet”
The latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Moises Caicedo after their fresh bid of £70m was rejected by Brighton 👇 pic.twitter.com/nAuwToDQst
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 30, 2023
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Transfer Deadline Day reports, rumours
This table contains a roundup of players we’re tracking based on reports and rumors of a potential transfer (in alphabetical order):