5) Virgil Van Djik-Liverpool
Liverpool fans’ prayers were finally heard this January, when the club forked out a massive 75 million Euros for Van Djik’s signature. In a season where the defence and attack have looked completely out of sync for Liverpool, Van Djik’s arrival came as a blessing. And rightly so, the Reds already look a better team with the Dutchman marshalling their backline. Moreover, he adds the much needed aerial strength to the side as well. Still 26, and already a plethora of experience on his back, Van Djik will surely become a prominent figure for Liverpool for years to come.
4) Yerry Mina- FC Barcelona
Not a signing many were eagerly waiting for, Yerry Mina arrived at Camp Nou this January for a meagre 10.6 million Euros from Palmeiras. Relatively unknown, Mina will have relatively less pressure to get accustomed to the Barcelona style. The defender despite being just 23 has already played more than 150 games at club level. Javier Mascherano’s mid season departure and Gerard Pique now entering his 30s, Mina looks like a long term investment. The defender has the skill set to play for Barca and would look to partner Umtiti in the future.
3) Inigo Martinez- Athletic club
Inigo Martinez was a major point of discussion in Spain this January, with his decision to leave Real Sociedad. Given his talent and quality, Martinez was surely not going to stay at San Sebastian all his life but little did anyone knew that he would leave them for rivals, Athletic club. The Basque club sold their prized asset Laporte this winter, but blew a psychological blow to their rivals, signing their captain, who had been at the club since his youth days. A Spanish international, Martinez could prove to be the ideal replacement for the now departed Laporte, and would also strengthen his chances of making it to the world cup.
2) Aymeric Laporte- Manchester City
Despite seemingly running away with the league title this season, City were not reluctant in spending big in the winter as well. In fact, the club activated the young French defender, Aymeric Laporte’s release clause, ending a long saga. Laporte had been the subject of interest for the past few years and it only seemed a matter of time before Laporte left Athletic Bilbao. The 23-year old is a perfect Guardiola type of player, with his ball playing skills and composure. With Vincent Kompany regularly struggling with injuries, Laporte would get the much needed action to get adjusted to life in England.
1)Philippe Coutinho-FC Barcelona
When Liverpool rejected Barca’s numerous attempts to sign Coutinho in the summer, it looked highly likely that Coutinho would leave the club next summer. However, the Brazilian despite heavily featuring for Liverpool till mid season, left the club in January for a mouth-watering 105 million euros plus add-ons. The 25-year old might not feature in the remaining Champions league competition, but is bought as a long-term replacement for the ageing Andres Iniesta.