The January transfer window is upon us and while clubs hesitate from spending big during this window, there have been some big moves done in the past. Here, we take a look at five of the most expensive winter transfers in top 5 leagues of Europe.
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Phillippe Coutinho got his dream move in January 2018 when Barcelona shelled out a massive €145million to Liverpool for the Brazilian. However, he has failed to live up to the billing, struggling to have an impact at the Nou Camp – with the Catalan giants keen to sell him and recoup their fee, even sending him on loan to Bayern Munich in the past.
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A signing which has no doubt transformed Liverpool’s fortunes, Virgil van Dijk has been worth every penny that the Reds spent for him – establishing himself as the best defender in the world. The Dutchman played a key role in their recent Champions League and Premier League triumphs and that the Reds are struggling in his absence due to injury comes as no surprise.
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While Liverpool got Van Dijk, Manchester City went and signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao with the Frenchman immediately establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the league. The 26-year-old has been supplanted in defence in recent times, but he is too good to be left on the bench for too long.
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Chelsea wasted no time in signing Christian Pulisic in January 2019 and the American international has become one of their best players. The 22-year-old has been dogged by loss of form and injuries this season, but he is too talented to be struggling for long.
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Signed by Arsenal for a then club record fee in January 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone to become the most important player for the Gunners as seen by the 78 goals in just 129 appearances he has scored for them so far. The Gabon international was instrumental in Arsenal winning the FA Cup last season and he will need to continue firing if the club are to compete for trophies.