It doesn’t quite have the same excitement and glamor about it as the two-month summer version but nonetheless, money will still be sprinkled this January transfer window
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The transfer window in January is fast approaching and with just six weeks to go, clubs are keen to start negotiations with players they want to buy to boost their rankings.
It’s not as exciting and glamorous about it as the two month summer version but nonetheless, it’s still a splash of money and you can expect a surprise or two along the way.
This is likely the time of year when reinforcements are needed to start with a title challenge or a promotion push, or, alternatively, to avoid a relegation battle.
Players can use this as a way to be offloaded due to lack of game time in a hugely frustrating season, so always expect to have a lot of loan transfers.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 January transfer window.
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When does the transition window open and close?
The transfer window will open in January on Saturday, January 1, 2022. This applies to all clubs in England, Scotland and Europe.
However, Serie A and La Liga teams must wait until Monday, January 3rd.
The window will remain open throughout the month and will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, January 31, 2022, for all leagues and clubs across the UK and Europe.
Once the window closes, only emergency loans and deals for free agents can be processed throughout the season.
What can be expected in this transition window?
The biggest thing that will influence the January transition window this season is the delayed 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which will take place from Sunday, January 9 to Sunday, February 6.
32 countries will participate in the tournament, meaning many players will be leaving their parent clubs to go and represent their country in this month’s tournament.
Clubs that will lose a number of players are definitely looking to make some signings, it can be assumed, and this will affect things across Europe.
Expect plenty of loan deals to be made to cover players who don’t, while big clubs with more money to spend may decide to splash money on a brand new signing.
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Who will spend in January?
Liverpool will lose two of their biggest stars in January when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will represent Egypt and Senegal, respectively, at AFCON 2021, which could prompt Jurgen Klopp to make big money signing to replace them if the Reds want to climb. a title charge this season.
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It can be expected that Newcastle, under their new billionaire, Saudi-led ownership could make some signings and bring in reinforcements in January as the club look to show their ambition, as well as avoiding any fear of relegation this season.
A one-month season also represents itself as an opportunity for clubs and players to arrange pre-contract agreements before the end of their current summer. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are two of the top names whose contracts will expire at the end of the season, so expect a lot of speculation on the French pair and their futures.