The Premier League deals that have gone under the radar this January - from Andrey Santos to Garang Kuol
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The January transfer window is closed, and we have seen a flurry of high-profile deals in the top flight, with several big names making eye-catching switches.
Leaders Arsenal swooped for Brighton’s unsettled Leandro Trossard and Chelsea veteran Jorginho, while Liverpool secured Cody Gakpo’s services early on, and Chelsea have been on something of a spree, landing the likes of Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile and of course, Enzo Fernandez.
But what about the signings that have sneaked under the radar, the ones that have been signed, sealed, and delivered with minimum fuss or fanfare? We’ve taken a look at nine of the January deals that we think were among the most astute acquisitions below...
Facundo Buonanotte - Rosario Central to Brighton
Brighton have a happy knack of signing promising players you’ve never heard of, turning them into highly desirable assets, and then selling them on for a considerable profit. Will Argentine teenager Buonanotte be yet another example of Albion’s exemplary recruitment policy coming to fruition? Well, they probably wouldn’t have signed him if they didn’t think so.
David Datro Fofana - Molde to Chelsea
Had Fofana signed for Chelsea a handful of years ago, his career path would have been unshakably plotted before him already. A couple of season kicking about with Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, followed by an impressive loan spell with a mid-table Premier League outfit, a permanent move to a sleeping continental giant, and an inevitable big money return to Stamford Bridge further down the line - before flopping in spectacular fashion.
Who knows, perhaps all of that will still happen, but maybe, just maybe, Graham Potter has a different plan for the Ivorian forward...
Maximo Perrone - Velez Sarsfield to Man City
Manchester City, as a general rule, don’t sign duds. And while Perrone’s arrival at the Etihad may not court as much attention as other, more expensive acquisitions have in recent times, there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that he can’t grow into a top class player for the Premier League champions. Still only 20, the battling midfielder has been compared to the likes of Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.
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Garang Kuol - Newcastle United to Hearts
At just 18 years of age, Kuol spent Australia’s World Cup run pitting his wits against the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, albeit in brief cameo appearances. Clearly very highly thought of Down Under, the teenage attacker is one to watch, and has already been sent out on loan by Newcastle United to Hearts in Scotland as he seeks vital first team experience.
Andrey Santos - Vasco da Gama to Chelsea
Chelsea fans haven’t really had a chance to get a glimpse at their new Brazilian wonderkid, mainly because he’s been over at the South American U20 Championship hitting three goals in his last three matches. A number of Europe’s top clubs were after the electrifying midfielder, and he has the potential to be a world-beater.
Gustavo Scarpa - Palmeiras to Nottingham Forest
A tidy Brazillian playmaker who joined Nottingham Forest on a free transfer early in the window, Scarpa could prove to be one of the most astute of the club’s 3,000 new signings this season. Capable of providing creativity and cover, the ex-Palmeiras talent could be one who grows and grows as Steve Cooper’s men continue to find their footing in the top flight.
Pierre Ekwah - West Ham United to Sunderland
Something a bit different here, with Ekwah moving away from a Premier League club. The midfielder has left West Ham for Sunderland, and given the Black Cats’ current recruitment policy and their willingness to trust in youth, this could be the kickstart that his fledgling career really needs. Look no further than the progress that the likes of Amad Diallo, Dennis Cirkin, and former Hammers teammate Aji Alese have made this season to see the kind of blueprint he will be hoping to follow.
Pablo Sarabia - PSG to Wolverhampton Wanderers
Has there ever been a man who looks more like a Wolverhampton Wanderers signing than Pablo Sarabia? I think not. And with 15 goals in 29 appearances on loan at Sporting last season, his £4.4 million from Paris Saint-Germain to Molineux could prove to be an absolute steal.
Jhon Duran - Chicago Fire to Aston Villa
Once upon a time, a little band called Duran Duran exploded out of Birmingham and took the world by storm. Aston Villa’s new signing has exactly half as many Durans as the new wave pin-ups, and if he can make even half as much of an impact, he will be a huge addition for Unai Emery’s side. Still only 19, the winger is already a Colombian international. A player with big, big potential.