January transfer window 2020: Seven deals you didn’t know had been done, including ex-Liverpool and Tottenham players

14 Jan

The January window is already nearly at the halfway mark, with clubs far and wide working hard behind the scenes to make the necessary additions to their squad.

There have been few eye-catching deals to date, but as we get towards deadline day on January 31 there is sure to be a deal or two which makes the headlines.

Bruno Fernandes could finally be heading to Manchester United
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Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Sporting Lisbon’s £60m-rated midfielder Bruno Fernandes and will look to thrash out a deal for the 25-year-old by the end of January.

There have been a few surprise deals too with Erling Haaland joining Borussia Dortmund over Manchester United, while Julian Weigl, once wanted by Barcelona and Manchester City has joined Benfica.

talkSPORT.com has looked at some of the deals you may have missed so far this month…

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus to Al-Duhail – undisclosed)

The Croatian joined the Qatari side after four-and-a-half years at Juventus.

The experienced striker won four Serie A league titles and three Coppa Italias during a successful stint in Italy, but had not appeared under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

He was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but this never materialised.

Mario Mandzukic did not make an appearance for Juventus this season prior to his move
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Carles Alena (Barcelona to Real Betis – loan)

The Spain Under-21 international recently sealed a temporary switch to fellow La Liga club Real Betis until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old started Barca’s first league game of the season against Athletic Bilbao but struggled for playing time since then, featuring just three more times in the top flight.

There remains big hopes for Alena, who has been tipped for a bright future in the game.

However, Alena’s recent revelation that he wouldn’t rule out a move to the club’s arch rivals Real Madrid in the future – despite being a boyhood Barca fan – would not have gone down well with supporters.

Carles Alena has not ruled out a permanent exit from Barcelona

Ryan Babel (Galatasaray to Ajax – loan)

The ex-Liverpool and Fulham star sealed a temporary switch to the Eredivisie champions last week.

The 33-year-old, who was a product of the Dutch side’s academy, previously spent nine years at the club before departing for Anfield in 2007.

Ryan Babel has returned to his homeland
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Kyle Lafferty (Sarpsborg 08 to Sunderland – free)

The Black Cats bolstered their League One promotion bid with the acquisition of the Northern Ireland international.

The former Rangers and Hearts forward arrives at the Stadium of Light having last featured for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08.

Laffetry, 32, has been capped 73 times by his country, scoring 20 goals.

Kyle Lafferty has signed a short-term deal at Sunderland

Jack Rodwell (unattached to Sheffield United – free)

Blades boss Chris Wilder is all for giving second opportunities to players, demonstrated when he signed former Manchester United youth prodigy Ravel Morrison at the start of the season.

And he has done the same in this window, handing former Everton starlet Jack Rodwell a short-term deal until the end of the season following a successful trial.

The 28-year-old had been a free agent since leaving Blackburn Rovers in the summer.

Jack Rodwell is attempting to resurrect what was a very promising career
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Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolves to Fulham – undisclosed)

The promotion chasing Cottagers completed the signing of the Portuguese international from Wolves last week after triggering an option in his season-long loan to make the deal permanent.

Cavaleiro, who helped Nuno Santo’s men reach the Premier League in 2018, has scored six goals in 27 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign to date.

Ivan Cavaleiro was a big-money signing for Championship side Fulham
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Anton Walkes (Portsmouth to Atlanta United – free)

The 22-year-old defender left the League One side to start a new life in America.

Walkes, who previously had a loan spell with Atalanta in 2017, scored three goals in 66 appearances for Pompey after joining from Tottenham two years ago.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett confirmed Walkes had left Fratton Park for family reasons.

“Anton’s girlfriend is from America and they have a daughter together, so this is a really good opportunity for him to make a new start over there,” boss Kenny Jackett told the club website.

The former Tottenham youngster has rejoined MLS side Atlanta United

Premier League done deals: Every completed signing in the 2020 January transfer window

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