We’re just weeks away from the start of the January transfer window. With the Premier League table looking incredibly bunched up below the top three, will we see any sides go for broke this January?
With European spots up for grabs and the relegation battle looking increasingly hard to call, it could be a busy month.
Here’s all you need to know about this January’s window…
January Transfer Window 2020 – The Lowdown
When does the 2020 January transfer window open?
A busy month of transfers all begins on New Year’s Day as the window opens on 1st January for both the Premier League and Football League.
The window also opens for clubs in China, France and Germany, while Spanish and Italian clubs will have to wait one day longer.
Due to the timing of the New Year football, Premier League clubs will not be able to play any new signings snapped up on the 1st or 2nd January in that immediate gameweek.
When does the 2020 January transfer window close?
The January transfer window 2020 officially closes at 11pm on Friday 31st January.
Unlike the August window, this deadline also applies for most major European leagues including France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
What happens if a deal isn’t completed before the deadline on 31st January?
If a deal goes down to the wire, clubs can gain a stay of execution after the deadline closes at 9pm via the ‘Deal Sheet’ system.
This allows clubs to complete deals in the two hours after the window closes provided they have completed a Deal Sheet. Clubs will then have until midnight to gain international clearance for any signings that arrive post deadline.
Clubs can still sign free agents after the window closes, while FIFA can also offer special dispensation should a team suffer a goalkeeping injury crisis.
Which clubs could be busy this January?
Liverpool will have a difficult dilemma this January over whether to stick or twist with the Reds on course to land their first ever Premier League title. Jürgen Klopp’s side are reportedly close to adding RB Salzburg star Takumi Minamino to their ranks in what could be an otherwise low-key month on Anfield.
Man City will be hoping their current injury problems clear up, while Chelsea could be in for a busy window with their transfer ban now lifted.
With new managers aplenty in the Premier League, Spurs, Everton and Arsenal could also look to make statements of intent.
Looking at the current football betting for the Premier League, beyond struggling Watford and Norwich, the race to avoid relegation looks like it could go right down to the wire.
That means most managers fighting it out towards to the bottom of the table will once again try and track down that elusive midfield playmaker or fox-in-the-box striker to help power their team towards safety.
The Championship could be the first port of call for many middling Premier League sides. Hull’s Jarrod Bowen, QPR’s Eberechi Eze and Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant are likely to be on the radar of many a top flight scout.
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