The deadline for the winter transfer window closed on Monday with several clubs bolstering their squads ahead of the second half of the season. Some do it to compete for trophies or European qualification, while others need to be crafty in their acquisition of players to avoid a potential relegation. Let's take a look at the most notable moves of the day, featuring a busy 24 hours for Barcelona and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona, for instance, were one of the most active clubs in this window as Xavi's squad fights for a top-four spot in Spain in order to reach the Champions League next season. In a dramatic turn of events throughout the day, Aubameyang will join Barcelona after terminating his contract with Arsenal ahead of the deadline. The deal is expected to be announced Tuesday morning.
The Gabon international joins Premier League imports Ferran Torres and Adama Traore in what has been a busy window for a Blaugrana side that chose to keep Ousmane Dembele, who is out of contract and free to sign with the club of his choice in the summer. Dembele was linked PSG and Barca president Joan Laporta said in a news conference on Monday that Dembele had an offer from a Premier League club, but ultimately chose to stay put despite being told to find a new club a couple weeks ago.
Liverpool miss out on gem
Liverpool, who landed Colombian winger Luis Diaz from Porto amid interest from Tottenham in a deal worth $50 million, ran into some hiccups in the final hours of deadline day as a deal for 19-year-old Fulham attacker Fabio Carvalho collapsed before the 6 p.m. ET buzzer, Fabrizio Romano reports. The Portuguese prospect completed a medical exam before the deadline but the paperwork to complete the deal was not submitted in time. This had all the makings of a sneaky-good move years from now, as the two sides will now have to wait until the summer to engage in talks once again.
Man United block Lingard exit
In a busy window that featured move for Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, Chris Wood from Burnley, Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon, Dan Burn from Brighton and Matt Targett from Aston Villa (via loan), Newcastle United had their sights set on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard heading into deadline day. The Magpies and West Ham were keen on landing the England international, but ultimately Manchester United's blocked Lingard's departure despite interim manager Ralf Rangnick giving the move his blessing. And according to Fabrizio Romano, Lingard is expected to leave the club in the summer when he's out of contract.
Other notable moves
Other notable deadline day deals include Dele Alli finally leaving Tottenham, Christian Eriksen joining Brentford and Manchester City landing 22-year-old River Plate striker Julian Alvarez as he'll join the club later in the year, potentially this summer. As for Alli, the 25-year-old out-of-favor Spurs midfielder will link up with Frank Lampard and Everton in a permanent move to Goodison Park that could be worth up to $53 million.
Out in Scotland where you can watch the Scottish Premiership on Paramount+, Juventus are shipping Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Rangers FC in a loan move until the end of the season.
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