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5 January 2022 - 4:00 PM

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Analysis: Another slow transfer-window looks likely – although a few outliers may break the silence

  • The January transfer window is often regarded as a ‘seller’s market’, with buying clubs unlikely to find good value without overpaying.
  • This month’s window could see a continuation from January 2021, when fees in the ‘Big Five’ European leagues were significantly down on previous years
  • Clubs spent net fees of just $111 million then, a fall of 76 per cent on 2020.
  • Yet those clubs whose ownership model has helped immunise them against football’s economic downturn may seek to exploit others’ weaknesses – Newcastle United are a new addition to the list of those expected to spend big this winter.

The January transfer window has long been regarded as the recourse of the desperate.

Clubs who scurry into action post-Christmas are frequently seen as doing so in a bid to save a season gone awry, plunging into a seller’s market and parting with extortionate fees.

How true that might be is open for debate. There have been plenty of desperate deals done in the cold, yet so too have some clubs pulled off trans

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