The January transfer window is fast approaching and with around six weeks, clubs will be eager to start negotiations with the players they would like to buy to strengthen their ranks.
It doesn’t quite have the same excitement and glamor as the two-month summer version, but nonetheless, money will still be spent and you can expect a surprise or two along the way.
This is usually the time of year when reinforcements are needed to challenge for the title or a promotion, or, alternatively, to avoid a relegation battle.
Players can use this as a way to offload due to a lack of playing time during a so far disappointing season, so one can always expect there to be a lot of loan movements.
Here’s everything you need to know about the January 2022 transfer window.
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When does the transfer window open and close?
The January transfer window opens on Saturday January 1, 2022. This applies to all clubs in England, Scotland and Europe.
However, the Serie A and La Liga teams have to wait until Monday, January 3.
The window will remain open throughout the month and close at 11.59pm on Monday, January 31, 2022, for all leagues and clubs in the UK and Europe.
Once the window is closed, only emergency loans and offers for free agents can be processed for the remainder of the season.
What can we expect in this transfer window?
The biggest thing that will influence this season’s January transfer window is the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which runs from Sunday January 9 through Sunday February 6.
32 nations will take part in the tournament, meaning many players will be leaving their parent clubs to represent their country in this month-long tournament.
Clubs that will miss a number of players will certainly look to sign, one can assume, and that will affect things across Europe.
Expect plenty of loan deals to be made to cover absent players, while big clubs with more money to spend may choose to spend money on a brand new signing.
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Who will spend in January?
Liverpool will lose two of their biggest stars in January when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane represent Egypt and Senegal respectively at CAN 2021, which could prompt Jurgen Klopp to sign a large sum of money to replace them if the Reds wish. ride a title load this season.
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Newcastle, under the leadership of their new Saudi-led billionaire, can be expected to make a few signings and reinforcements in January as the club seek to show their ambition, as well as allay any fears. relegation this season.
The month-long period also presents itself as a chance for clubs and players to make pre-contract deals before their current one ends in the summer. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are two of the hottest names whose contracts expire at the end of the season, so expect plenty of speculation around the French pair and their future.