Traditionally, the winter transfer window was not as bright as summer. However, we did see some top and high-quality transitions: the loan of Adama Traore by Barcelona, the transfer of Denis Zakaria to Juventus, and another high-profile signing of the "old lady" Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina.
But how many good transfers fell through? Enough! We will talk about them in this article. Here are the top deals that did not occur in the winter transfer window.
Fabio Carvalho (Fulham - Liverpool)
Liverpool has not been left without newcomers in the winter transfer window. The club's bosses bought winger Luis Diaz from Porto for 45 million euros. Fulham attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho was also part of the Merseyside plans.
Fulham's top talent, who ranks first in the Championship, was very close to moving to Liverpool for €10m. He even managed to pass a medical examination, but the clubs did not have time to finalize the deal before the transfer window closed. If nothing changes, the Reds will sign the player in the summer on a free transfer, as his contract ends in June 2022.
Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham - Ajax)
Many hopes have been placed on Steven Bergwijn following his move to Tottenham from PSV in the winter of 2020. But the young football player did not fully show himself. Ajax decided to revive his career and made an offer of 25 million euros to Spurs. Negotiations continued for some time, but Antonio Conte eventually told the club's bosses that he was counting on Bergwijn in the future.
In recent matches, the Dutchman has noticeably improved. His double in a crazy fight against Leicester in the Premier League brought TTX victory? And he came out on the field after the injury. We do not doubt that he has not yet said his word in London.
Arthur (Juventus - Arsenal)
In Italy, the Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo was known as a loser. His transfer from Barcelona to Juventus (or rather, the exchange for Miralem Pjanic) was considered one of the most unsuccessful in recent times.
Arsenal repeatedly approached Turin during the winter transfer window with an offer to loan the Brazilian until the end of the season. The move looked promising as the player urgently needed to revive his career, but it became clear that the player would stay in Turin on the last day of the transfer window. His prospects look vague.
Adama Traore (Wolverhampton - Tottenham)
For the past year, wolves attack leader Adama Traore has been on Tottenham Hotspur's shortlist. The zeal of the London club to sign the player was understandable. An inexpensive attacking player who fits well into the Spurs' formation, has impressive anthropometry and incredible speed, a dream come true.
During the winter, the clubs negotiated and agreed on a transfer, which was 20 million euros. But Traore himself refused to move to Tottenham, as he received an offer from Barcelona. The Spaniard accepted him and went to his native club on loan with the possibility of redemption.
Mauro Icardi (PSG Juventus)
Mauro Icardi's move to Juventus Turin from PSG looked interesting on paper. Trinity needed to strengthen the attacking line, and the head coach of the club, Massimiliano Allegri, spoke about this several times. He was dissatisfied with the summer transfer campaign and hoped for a significant increase in the winter. And Icardi was part of his plans.
But it wasn't judged. The clubs have not agreed on a lease until the end of the season with an option to buy for 30 million. The Argentine, who stopped shining on the field and showing his goalscoring abilities, remained at the club, hoping for another chance. But it seems that his departure from PSG is a matter of time. Moreover, the club is ready to sell the 28-year-old Mauro for about 25 million euros.
Duvan Zapata (Atalanta - West Ham)
The fact that Atalanta was ready to part with their central striker, who can score in any problematic situation, to give an assist in a moment that did not initially look promising, is extraordinary. However, reputable media and insiders assure that the Bergamasks were ready to sell the Colombian for a decent amount.
West Ham agreed with Atalanta and sent the relevant document to the Premier League office but did not have time to complete everything before the transfer deadline. Thus, the Hammers did not sign a single player in the winter, but they will return to the Zapata option in the summer. Perhaps he was a teammate of Malinovsky and will become Yarmolenko.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United - Newcastle)
Well-known portals rated the likelihood of Jesse Lingard leaving Manchester United in the winter relatively high. After returning from a loan at West Ham, which was very useful for him, the midfielder did not gain a foothold in Manchester United. Neither Solskjaer nor Rangnick found an approach to him, and the club was ready to let him go.
The leading contender for the "Lingardinho" was Newcastle. The clubs have been negotiating for a long time, but there was an unforeseen situation. Due to the high-profile scandal around Mason Greenwood, Lingard remained at Manchester United. Now, he will have more chances and playing practice.
Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad - Arsenal)
Arsenal was on an emergency search for a striker in the final days of the transfer window. Isak had been asked to join the London club for a long time, but the Gunners had no need. But in connection with the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona and the ending contracts of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketia, "fresh blood" in the attack line became necessary.
Real Sociedad demanded that the Gunners exclusively pay a 90 million euro clause for the 22-year-old Swede, and the player himself flew to London, where he was seen at the club's office. Arsenal to the last tried to reduce the price for him, but the final verdict of the Spanish club was beyond their means.
Alvaro Morata (Atletico - Barcelona)
In early January, Fabrizio Romano and other reputable journalists reported that Alvaro Morata had agreed with Barcelona on the move. The news was entirely unexpected because it appeared against the backdrop of financial problems for the Catalan club and difficulties in paying wages to football players. But not to say that the rumors were not justified because the problems in the attack of the "blue garnet" were severe.
The Spanish media assured that Barcelona and Atlético had 95 percent agreement on the return of Morata from a loan at Juventus and a further transition with a contract for a year and a half. But the mysterious transfer remained only on the pages of newspapers. Morata soon announced that he wanted to continue playing for Juventus, and Barcelona eventually sheltered Aubameyang.
Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona - PSG)
Ousmane Dembele will leave the club on a free transfer in 2022. The winter transfer window was the only opportunity for the Blue Garnets to recoup at least some amount from the 140 million spent on the French winger. But the club did not take advantage of this opportunity.
Negotiations were held with PSG for several days. The French club was called the main favorite to acquire the player, but these negotiations were unsuccessful. The Catalan club wanted to get at least 20 million euros for him, but apparently, PSG abandoned this idea. Dembele will now join another team as a free agent. This team may be precisely the Parisian grand.