January transfer window: New signings and departures from FPL

January transfer window: New signings and departures from FPL 1

The winter transfer window is now open for business and we will be documenting the confirmed Premier League ins and outs on this page throughout January, focusing on the first-team moves and overlooking most academy-level activity.

Not only that but we will also be examining what the transfer activity means from a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) perspective, be it new targets or the impact on existing assets.

You can read about the latest transfer rumours over on our sister site, Fantasy Football Community.


TRANSFERS BY DATE

January 31: Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion to Newcastle United, £13m)
January 31: Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz to Crystal Palace, £9m)
January 31: Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur to Villarreal, loan)
January 31: Matt Targett (Aston Villa to Newcastle United, loan)
January 31: Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur, £15.9m)
January 31: Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus to Tottenham Hotspur, loan)
January 31: Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur to Valencia, loan)
January 31: Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur to Lyon, loan)
January 31: Charlie Goode (Brentford to Sheffield United, loan)
January 31: Julian Alvarez (River Plate to Manchester City, £14.1m)
January 31: Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg to Burnley, £12m)
January 31: Christian Eriksen (Unattached to Brentford)
January 30: Luis Diaz (Porto to Liverpool, £37.5m)
January 30: Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon to Newcastle United, £35m)
January 29: Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers to Barcelona, loan)
January 27: Amad Diallo (Manchester United to Rangers, loan)
January 27: Calum Chambers (Arsenal to Aston Villa, loan)
January 27: Dominic Thompson (Brentford to Ipswich Town, loan)
January 26: Hwang Hee-chan (RB Leipzig to Wolves, £14m)
January 26: Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux to Watford, undisclosed)
January 25: Anthony Martial (Manchester United to Sevilla, loan)
January 20: Pablo Mari (Arsenal to Udinese, loan)
January 18: Robin Olsen (Roma to Aston Villa, loan)
January 18: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal to Marseille, free)
January 17: Chiquinho (Estoril to Wolves, £3m)
January 13: Lucas Digne (Everton to Aston Villa, £25m)
January 13: Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa to Everton, loan)
January 13: Chris Wood (BurnleyNewcastle, £25m)
January 12: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal to Middlesbrough, loan)
January 8: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal to Roma, loan)
January 8: Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United to Napoli, loan)
January 7: Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona to Aston Villa, loan)
January 7: Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid to Newcastle, £12m)
January 7: Edo Kayembe (Eupen to Watford, undisclosed)
January 6: Samir (Udinese to Watford, undisclosed)
January 6: Jurgen Locadia (Brighton to Bochum, free)
January 4: Hassane Kamara (Nice to Watford, £4m)
January 4: Nathan Patterson (Rangers to Everton, £10m)
January 2: Aaron Connolly (Brighton to Middlesbrough, loan)
January 1: Keinan Davis (Aston Villa to Nottingham Forest, loan)
January 1: Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv to Everton, undisclosed)
December 31: Jonas Lossl (FC Midtjylland to Brentford, loan)
December 28: Ferran Torres (Manchester City to Barcelona, £46.2m)


TRANSFERS BY CLUB

ARSENAL

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FOLARIN BALOGUN/AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES/PABLO MARI/CALUM CHAMBERS/SEAD KOLASINAC

Fantasy footnotes Folarin Balogun, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari have all departed on loan until the end of the season, joining Middlesbrough, Roma and Udinese respectively on temporary deals.

Utility man Calum Chambers has also exited for Villa Park (see below) on a permanent deal, with Sead Kolasinac joining Marseille on a free.

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ASTON VILLA

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season, with an option to buy for £33m in the summer.

The Brazilian joined the Spanish giants from Liverpool back in 2018 but has struggled for form at the Nou Camp and spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich, where he produced 11 goals and nine assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

Coutinho, of course, played alongside Steven Gerrard when Liverpool almost won the league eight years ago, and the chance to reunite with his former captain hands ‘the magician’ an opportunity to re-ignite his career.

He has been priced up at £7.0m in FPL.

You can read our full Scout Report on Coutinho by clicking here.

LUCAS DIGNE

Villa have also completed the signing of Lucas Digne, in a deal worth a reported £25m plus add-ons.

The attack-minded left-back endured a largely successful spell at former club Everton, where he produced four Premier League goals and 22 assists across the previous three seasons, but was facing an uncertain future due to a fallout with Rafael Benitez.

Now at Villa Park, he immediately ousted Matt Targett from the left-back spot in Gameweek 22. Targett then departed for Newcastle on loan on deadline day.

You can read our full Scout Report on Digne by clicking here.

ROBIN OLSEN

The Villans have secured Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old, who joins from Roma, has already had two unremarkable loan spells in England, starting seven league matches for Everton last season and then making the temporary switch to Sheffield United in 2021/22, receiving mixed reviews for his displays in England’s second tier.

Owners of Emi Martinez needn’t fear, as Olsen will merely be competing with Jed Steer for back-up duties.

CALUM CHAMBERS

Calum Chambers has moved to the Midlands, too, although there’ll probably be more bench-warming duties awaiting the versatile former Arsenal defender. A deputy for Matthew Cash at right-back as well as cover at centre-half, he’s available at a budget-friendly price in FPL (£4.2m) should any injuries befall the Villa regulars and Chambers get a run in the starting XI.

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KEINAN DAVIS/AXEL TUANZEBE/ANWAR EL GHAZI/JADEN PHILOGENE-BIDACE/CAMERON ARCHER

Two of FPL’s cheapest forwards, Keinan Davis and Cameron Archer, have departed for Nottingham Forest and Preston North End on loan until the end of the season.

Centre-half Axel Tuanzebe was also recalled by Manchester United and sent out on loan to Napoli, having fallen fourth in line for a centre-back spot under Steven Gerrard.

Anwar El Ghazi, who struggled to get a look-in under Gerrard, has also joined Everton until the end of the campaign, while Jaden Philogene-Bidace has done likewise with Stoke City.

MATT TARGETT

See Digne above.

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BRENTFORD

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JONAS LOSSL

With David Raya out injured until the spring, Brentford have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the capture of Jonas Lossl from FC Midtjylland, initially on loan but with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The Dane has immediately ousted Alvaro Fernandez from between the posts in west London.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN

Christian Eriksen has returned to football following his horrific on-field cardiac arrest last summer.

The former Spurs schemer has hooked up with a number of Danish expats at Brentford, signing a deal until the end of the season.

He also reunites with Thomas Frank, who coached the then-teenage Eriksen while in charge of Denmark under-17s.

“We have taken an unbelievable opportunity to bring a world-class player to Brentford. He hasn’t trained with a team for seven months but has done a lot of work on his own. He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level.

“At his best, Christian has the ability to dictate games of football. He can find the right passes and is a goal threat. He also has very, very good set-piece delivery, both from corners and direct free-kicks. He is a player you can find with the ball, and he will come up with a solution to the problem in front of him. Christian will also bring experience of top-level football to the club. I expect him to have an impact in the dressing room and at the training ground.” – Thomas Frank

The Danish playmaker has at least been training with young players at AFC Ajax during his downtime but, as Frank mentioned there, it may be a while before we see Eriksen starting a league match as match fitness will be an issue.

On top of that, the Bees report that the midfielder recently received his Covid-19 vaccination and, “in order to comply with rules regarding entry to the UK, he will travel to west London in the coming days and will not train with Brentford this week.”

When we do see him ready and raring to go, Eriksen will presumably threaten the starts of Mathias Jensen, Shandon Baptiste and Frank Onyeka in the middle of the park, likely slotting in alongside Christian Norgaard and, for now, Vitaly Janelt in the engine room of a 3-5-2. Josh Dasilva is also on the cusp of a return, to swell Frank’s options in midfield.

Bryan Mbeumo may well lose some set-piece responsibilities to Eriksen but while the Dane has been his national side’s first-choice penalty-taker in the past, Ivan Toney surely won’t be forced to hand over spot-kick duties to his new teammate given how good the striker’s record is from 12 yards.

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DOMINIC THOMPSON/CHARLIE GOODE

Budget defender Dominic Thompson, who played two matches at left wing-back over the festive period, has departed for Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season. The £3.9m-rated Charlie Goode, who himself made five starts under Thomas Frank in the last few months, has also been packed off to Sheffield United until the summer.

Fellow bargain-bin assets Mads Bidstrup and Patrik Gunnarsson have exited, the former making a temporary switch to FC Nordsjælland and the latter leaving permanently for Viking.


BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

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AARON CONNOLLY/JURGEN LOCADIA

Aaron Connolly has left Albion to join Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season, with the return to fitness of Danny Welbeck no doubt a factor in Graham Potter’s decision to let the Irishman go. Jurgen Locadia has also joined Bochum on a permanent deal.

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BURNLEY

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WOUT WEGHORST

Burnley have replaced a Chris Wood-shaped hole with the capture of the even taller Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg.

Signed for an undisclosed fee, the 29-year-old Netherlands international has penned a deal at Turf Moor until 2025.

While Eredivisie goalscoring figures have to be taken with a pinch of salt (Weghorst netted 51 times in 124 league games for previous clubs AZ Alkmaar and Heracles), the 6’6″ centre-forward has plundered 59 goals in 118 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg over the past three and a half seasons.

The Dutchman hit the 20-goal mark in the German top flight in 2020/21 and has also contributed an eye-catching 27 assists since signing for Wolfsburg in 2018.

“Wout is a player that our scouts have been strong on for some time and we feel that he can add to all that we do at Burnley Football Club. His signing is a continued show of the club’s and team’s development. We wish Wout well as he earns the right to push our group forwards.” – Sean Dyche

The signing is obviously bad news for Matej Vydra, Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez, with a strike partnership of Wehgorst and Maxwel Cornet surely Sean Dyche’s preferred option up top.

We may get a glimpse of that double-act on Saturday, when Burnley take on Watford in their second Double Gameweek 23 fixture, and Weghorst’s name is definitely one to monitor given that the Clarets still have four outstanding fixtures to be crowbarred into the schedule somewhere between now and the end of the season – ergo more Double Gameweeks.

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CHRIS WOOD

(See above)

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CHELSEA

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CRYSTAL PALACE

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Jean-Philippe Mateta

Jean-Philippe Mateta has made his loan move from Mainz to Crystal Palace permanent, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with Patrick Vieira’s side.

A peripheral figure for much of his stay, the forward has recently benefited from unavailability among his positional rivals to stake a first-team claim, featuring in each of Palace’s last five Premier League games.

Mateta has attacking returns in each of his last two starts for the Eagles.

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EVERTON

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VITALIY MYKOLENKO

The Toffees made the first major signing of the January transfer window, bringing in left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv for an undisclosed fee.

Recently we have seen Ben Godfrey and Seamus Coleman at left-back/wing-back after the now-departed Lucas Digne incurred the wrath of boss Rafael Benitez, so those two players will return to compete for a starting role in their usual spots at centre-half and right-back respectively.

Mykolenko, 22, is a Ukraine international with 21 caps to his name despite his young age and was first choice at left-back for both club and country before his departure for Merseyside.

Also capable of playing at centre-half and further up the left flank, the versatile Mykolenko registered seven goals and 20 assists for Dynamo Kyiv in 132 appearances in all competitions.

He’s not a set-piece specialist like Digne but his crossing has been highlighted as a strength, no doubt with service to Dominic Calvert-Lewin in mind.

“I like to play on the front foot and get forward when I can. Modern football demands that full-backs are able to attack as well as defend. I think I am a versatile defender who can get up and down the pitch. 

“But I believe desire and commitment are the most important attributes and I will aim to bring those qualities. I hope it won’t take me too long to settle in and get used to the style of football.

“I feel great right now and it is very important for me to communicate with the team, the management and the fans. For that, I need to learn the language and understand culture of this city, this country and this club. I will do my very best.” – Vitaliy Mykolenko

With Everton keeping only one clean sheet in 12 matches, and registering only three shut-outs all season, Mykolenko is unlikely to attract much Fantasy interest initially, even if the Toffees do sit top of our Season Ticker from Gameweeks 22-26.

NATHAN PATTERSON

Having boosted their numbers at left-back, Everton have added to their options on the other side of the defence.

The Toffees followed up their capture of Mykolenko by confirming the signing of Rangers full-back Nathan Patterson for a fee believed to be worth around £11m plus add-ons.

The 20-year-old has been used sparingly at Ibrox this season and has only four league starts to his name in his entire career but that has much to do with the undroppable club captain James Tavernier being ahead of him in the queue at right-back.

His talents have indeed seen him capped at international level, with two attacking returns arriving in the recent win over Moldova, suggesting he will soon compete with the ageing Seamus Coleman for a starting role despite the relevant shortage of first-team experience.

Asked what Evertonians can expect from him, Patterson said:

“Athleticism, desire and strong challenges, along with good forward play. I am an attacking full-back. I love getting forward and creating chances to benefit the team. I can’t wait for it.”

As the above quote indicates, he’s an attack-minded option and a player who has operated ‘out of position’ further up the right flank in the past.

ANWAR EL GHAZI

The Aston Villa winger has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season, providing competition for the likes of Demarai Gray, Anthony Gordon and Andros Townsend out wide. An unused substitute in Gameweek 22, he won’t make his Toffees debut until at least February as he will be ineligible to face his parent club in Gameweek 23.

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LUCAS DIGNE

As mentioned above, Lucas Digne has departed for Aston Villa on a permanent deal to leave Mykolenko in pole position for the left-back slot at Everton.

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LEEDS UNITED

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LEICESTER CITY

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LIVERPOOL

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LUIS DIAZ

Pacy winger Luis Diaz has signed a long-term contract with the Reds and joined for an initial £37.5m from Porto.

The Colombia international is currently representing his country in the World Cup qualifiers in South America but will hook up with his new teammates after Tuesday’s meeting with Argentina, allowing him a good week or so of integration time before the Reds face Leicester.

“He is an outstanding player and someone we’ve been tracking for a very long time.

“We believe he has everything needed to fit into our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally. He is a player who is hungry for success and knows you have to fight to get what you want. He is a fighter, no doubt. He’s a skilful team player who has always the goal in mind.

“This team deserved to add quality and when we played against Luis earlier this season, we saw what a danger he is, how fast he is and how his mentality was to help his team.

“Luis is a player we believe will make us better now and in the future. He is the player we really wanted and they’ve made it happen, so I am very happy.” – Jurgen Klopp

Diaz scored 14 goals and assisted a further five in 18 league appearances for the Portuguese giants this season.

This is by far his most productive season in Europe, having only found the back of the net on six occasions in the previous two campaigns with Porto.

Diaz is a left-winger, so it’s Sadio Mane first and foremost who would appear to be chiefly under threat. The Senegal international could on occasion be deployed elsewhere in the front three, however, so the arrival of the new Colombian wide-man may still have a slight indirect effect on, for example, Diogo Jota’s expected minutes going forward.

We’ll have a proper, more detailed Scout Report on Diaz in the coming days.

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MANCHESTER CITY

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JULIAN ALVAREZ

There’ll soon be another Manchester City attacker to factor into Pep Guardiola’s rotation plans but the good news for starting XI predictors is that we won’t see this new recruit in a City shirt until the 2022/23 campaign.

The current Premier League leaders and reigning champions have completed the signing of Argentina international Julian Alvarez from River Plate.

The 22-year-old forward has signed a long-term deal but will stay with River Plate on loan until at least July 2022.

“Julian is a player we have monitored for some time. He is capable of operating in a number of attacking roles, and we firmly believe he’s one of the best young attacking players in South America.” – City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain

Alvarez has registered 36 goals and 25 assists in 96 River Plate appearances, with his game-time divided between playing on the right wing and through the middle. He is, effectively, a replacement for the similarly versatile Ferran Torres.

The young Argentinean contributed 27 attacking returns in 21 league run-outs in the 2021 campaign alone.

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FERRAN TORRES

Ferran Torres departed for Barcelona in late-December in a deal rumoured to be worth £46m. Torres had been injured for much of the season but was due back in January and was set to add to Pep Guardiola’s wealth of attacking options before his exit.

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MANCHESTER UNITED

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ANTHONY MARTIAL/AMAD DIALLO

The Anthony Martial-Ralf Rangnick story never looked like having a fairytale ending, despite the Frenchman and his interim boss appearing to kiss and make up in recent weeks. Martial has joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season, so United are set to be down three wide options with Mason Greenwood now suspended by the club and Amad Diallo departing for Rangers.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED

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KIERAN TRIPPIER

Kieran Trippier has finally been unveiled as a Newcastle United player, and was subsequently priced up at £5.0m by FPL.

The signing of the England full-back is something of a reunion for both player and manager, with Eddie Howe signing him in 2012 during his time as Burnley boss.

You can read our full Scout Report on Trippier by clicking here.

CHRIS WOOD

The big spending at Newcastle continued with the acquisition of Burnley’s Chris Wood.

Joining for a fee in the region of £25m, Wood does bring some proven Premier League pedigree to Tyneside, having scored 10 or more goals in each of his last four seasons.

With the injured Callum Wilson out until March, Wood has a clean run at the central striking role in Eddie Howe’s set-up for now.

You can read our full Moving Target article on Wood by clicking here.

BRUNO GUIMARAES

The Magpies’ third big acquisition of the January window will likely be of less interest to FPL managers.

Bruno Guimaraes signed from French side Olympique Lyonnais for a reported £35m up front, with additional bonuses due after that depending on player and team performance.

Why the 24-year-old Brazil international won’t be a top target for Fantasy managers is because he’s a defensive/deep-lying midfielder, with a record sheet that shows three goals, five assists and 10 bookings in 56 Ligue I appearances.

While Guimaraes will likely not himself be a key FPL asset, the silky, ball-playing ‘number six’ is nevertheless a signing to consider when weighing up the appeal of the Magpies’ Fantasy defenders, who have been complete non-starters in 2021/22.

With Guimaraes, Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier on board, Eddie Howe’s rearguard ought to at least stand a better chance on paper of boosting their meagre clean sheet count.

MATT TARGETT

Villa defender Matt Targett has signed for Howe’s troops on loan until the end of the season.

The Newcastle boss has already used four different players at left-back during his short time on Tyneside: Paul Dummett, Javier Manquillo, Matt Ritchie and Jamal Lewis.

Ritchie and the injury-prone Dummett are both currently flagged in FPL, while Manquillo is more at home on the opposite flank.

“We have gone into this transfer window with a plan to add strong competition in specific areas of the team and Matt will be a fantastic option for us on the left. He has important Premier League experience and know-how at this level, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add him to the squad.” – Eddie Howe

Targett is third among £5.0m-and-under FPL defenders for chances created this season, with Ritchie one of the two names above him.

DAN BURN

Blyth-born Dan Burn has completed a move to his boyhood club, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with Newcastle United.

The left-footed centre-half joins from Brighton and Hove Albion for a fee reported to be in the region of £13m and is the third defender that Eddie Howe has signed, following in the footsteps of Kieran Trippier and Matt Targett.

Fabian Schar looks the most at risk of the 6’7″ Burn’s arrival, having occupied the left-sided centre-back spot of late.

“I’m delighted to bring Dan back to the north-east. He knows exactly what it means to represent this club and he will be a big presence for us on and off the pitch.

“We have been very keen to add competition defensively and Dan fits the profile we have been looking for. He is naturally left-footed, which provides further balance to our backline, and he will be a great addition to the group.” – Eddie Howe

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NORWICH CITY

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SOUTHAMPTON

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

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RODRIGO BENTANCUR/DEJAN KULUSEVSKI

Winger Dejan Kulusevski and central midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur have both arrived from Turin, the former joining on loan with a view to a future permanent move and the latter sealing a £20m switch.

Bentancur is likelier to be priced at the lower end of the market in FPL, being as he is a more defensive-minded midfielder in the mold of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks.

Two goals in 133 Serie A appearances is a summation of his goal threat in a nutshell, with 17 assists across those matches a modest positive.

A regular in the Juventus side for much of his time in Italy, the ball-winning Uruguay international has that Hojbjergian tendency to pick up a booking – there have been 23 yellow cards and two dismissals since the start of 2018/19.

Of more interest from an FPL perspective is Kulusevski, the Serie A young player of the year from two seasons ago.

It’s fair to say that he hasn’t built on that promise at Juventus over the last two campaigns, returning only 11 attacking returns in his 55 appearances with the Old Lady – although, crucially, 31 of his run-outs have come off the bench, with first-team opportunities limited.

A versatile attacking midfielder who can play across the frontline, it was cutting in off the right flank at Parma where he really caught the eye: the left-footed Kulusevski delivered 10 goals and nine assists in that one year on loan with the Serie A side in 2019/20.

“From the beginning, my role was a trequartista (central playmaker behind the striker). I can be a winger, last season I was a mezzala [on the side in a three-man midfield], so I can play wherever the coach wants, but I see myself as a trequartista behind the strikers.” – Dejan Kulusevski, speaking in 2020

The Sweden international looks set to be competition for Lucas Moura on the right of a 3-4-2-1 or behind two forwards in a 3-4-1-2, then, and he’ll very much be a ‘wait and see’ from an FPL perspective given his lack of assured game-time and struggles for form of late.

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TANGUY NDOMBELE/BRYAN GIL/GIOVANO LO CELSO

On the same day that they completed their double swoop from Turin, Spurs allowed record signing Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil to leave on loan for Lyon, Villarreal and Valencia respectively.

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WATFORD

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HASSANE KAMARA

With Adam Masina off to the Africa Cup of Nations and Danny Rose currently sidelined with a knee injury, Watford have captured left-back Hassane Kamara on a three-year deal.

The Ivory Coast international, who is not representing his country at AFCON, joins from French side OGC Nice for a reported £4m.

Kamara has played further up the left flank for the Ligue I outfit on a number of occasions but four goals and one assist in 88 top-flight appearances doesn’t scream FPL bargain in the waiting – and nor does Watford’s record of zero clean sheets in 2021/22.

SAMIR

Watford have also signed central defender Samir from Udinese on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

He’ll be hoping to help shore up a backline that is still without a shut-out in 2021/22.

Never scoring more than two goals in a single season, the 27-year-old stopper has been priced up at £4.5m like Kamara.

EDO KAYEMBE

Further forward, midfielder Edo Kayembe has joined from Belgian side Eupen on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The DR Congo international has scored four goals in 17 league appearances this season but hadn’t found the net in any of his three previous campaigns, joining Eupen from Anderlecht in 2020.

The 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder has won eight caps for his country.

SAMUEL KALU

Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu has also arrived from Bordeaux for a fee reported to be close to £3m.

Kalu arrives at Vicarage Road after three and a half years with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, where he scored nine goals in 86 appearances.

He had, however, been a bit-part player in the French top flight this season and a starting price of £5.0m is a reflection of how much of an impact he is expected to have in FPL.

Kalu has played in all three positions across the frontline, so is expected to be a versatile back-up to the first-team regulars.

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WEST HAM UNITED

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

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CHIQUINHO

Wolves have signed winger Chiquinho from Portuguese side Estoril.

The 21-year-old is right footed but can operate on either wing (his playing time at his former club was split almost equally between the right and left flanks), so will add to the competition for Daniel Podence, Francisco Trincao, Hwang-hee Chan and the soon-to-be-fit Pedro Neto.

Comments from Wolves’ technical director, Scott Sellars, suggest that Chiquinho will likely have to bide his time for a starting role, much as Podence and Neto did before him.

“Chiquinho is a young, exciting and talented player who has been performing very well in the Portuguese leagues during the past few seasons, and if he keeps progressing the way he has done, we believe he can develop into an excellent signing.

“With all young players, we have to be patient as he’s got to get used to playing in a new country and a new environment. But we will integrate him into the first-team group, and by learning from Bruno, the staff, and his new teammates, we hope he can make the kind of impact we believe he has the potential to achieve.”

Chiquinho returned four goals and five assists in 36 league appearances for Estoril, split across the first and second tiers of Portuguese football.

Hwang Hee-chan

The soon-to-return Hwang Hee-chan has made his move from  RB Leipzig permanent.

The 26-year-old South Korea international moved to the Premier League in the summer on a loan deal but has now been snapped up for a reported £14m.

The South Korean, injured since Gameweek 17, has made 14 Premier League appearances for Wolves, scoring four goals.

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ADAMA TRAORE

A January exit for Wolves’ underused, greased-up wide-man always looked likely but it’s Barcelona, and not Spurs, where the winger be spending the rest of 2021/22.

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