All the details about the upcoming transfer window, when it opens and closes, as well as the tall players he is courting
The intrigues and excitement surrounding the transfer are still one of the most interesting aspects of football, and rumors of big money moves are heating up throughout the year.
Naturally, the conversation about the transfer intensifies as we get closer to opening the window, often reaching the crescendo in moments just before it “closes,” as they say.
On the eve of the new year, Goal brings you all the details about the upcoming January transition period, when it opens and closes, as well as a look at the main goals.
When does the transition period of January 2021 open and close?
The transition period of January 2021 opens Saturday, January 2nd for Premier League and English Football League clubs.
It will remain open for approximately four weeks before closing Monday, February 1st.
Of course, the transition period varies from country to country, and some leagues respect different opening and closing dates.
For example, in Spain, La Liga clubs will be able to deal with transfers from Monday, January 4 – two days after the opening of windows in England – until February 1.
Italy will follow the same terms, which means that Serie A clubs are aligned with their Spanish counterparts.
The transition period for the German and French clubs will be the same as in England – open from January 2 and closed on February 1.
|League||The transfer window opens||The transition period closes|
|premier league||January 2, 2021||February 1, 2021|
|Bundesliga||January 2, 2021||February 1, 2021|
|Ligue 1||January 2, 2021||February 1, 2021|
|The League||January 4, 2021||February 1, 2021|
|Serie A||January 4, 2021||February 1, 2021|
Since the 2020-21 seasons have effectively returned to their usual schedule, delays related to Covid-19 do not affect the January transition date.
The summer transition period of 2020 has been pushed further into the year after the locking measures devastated the usual calendars of world football league competitions.
It was moved back a month, opened in late July and closed in early October, meaning it was more of a transition period between summer and fall.
What are the main goals of the transition period in January?
So, who are the main goals of the transfer in the upcoming January deadline?
Numerous high-profile stars are out of contracts this coming summer, but deals could be made early, while others at their clubs find themselves in disgrace.
Lionel Messi Barcelona
Uncertainty continues to swirl over the future of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires in the summer of 2021.
It is particularly closely linked to Manchester City, although Paris Saint-Germain and Inter are like potential destinations.
It was Lionel Messi who embarrassed the defenders 😏pic.twitter.com/KRAPAkoYaO
– Goal (@goal) December 21, 2020
The Argentine pledged to leave Camp Nou early in August, but eventually relented in his efforts, although he set out his reasons for wanting to leave in an exclusive interview with Goal.
One of the questions was Messi’s relationship with Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barca’s former president, who resigned in October, and the club will soon elect a new president in January.
Messi seems to be waiting to see the outcome of the presidential election, which ends on January 24, before making a final call to his future.
Mesut Ozil Arsenal
Once considered one of the best footballers in the world, star Mesuta Ozila has faded considerably during his last two seasons at Arsenal and has now found himself excluded from the team roster.
The artillery hierarchy seems eager to remove the lucratively awarded World Cup winner from its list, but it remains unclear where exactly it could end up.
Ozil has expressed a desire to see a contract with the North London club, but he is also eager to play matches and will likely have to relocate to do so.
His agent confirmed that Fenerbahce was interested, at the same time revealing that the playmaker had offers “from all over the world”.
Another loss for Arsenal while Ozil watches 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZMkMIqEd3h
– Goal (@goal) December 23, 2020
David Alaba Bayern Munich
David Alaba is one of the permanent members of Bayern Munich and during his stay in Bavaria he collected nine titles in the Bundesliga, as well as two medals of the Champions League winners.
However, his time there seems to be over, Oliver Kahn has hinted that the Austrian international intends to leave despite the proverbial “red carpet” introduced to him in the contract negotiations.
Manchester United is being talked about as a potential Alabe destination, while Chelsea are also reportedly eager to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool
Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum will be able to leave Liverpool this summer and is thought to have a number of suitors across Europe.
Barcelona are most closely associated with the midfielder, while Inter are reportedly also interested in securing his services as they seek to bolster their team after a disappointing Champions League display.
It is possible that the Dutchman could stay at the Premier League club, but as January 1 approaches, it is increasingly likely that he will leave.
Christian Eriksen Inter
One of the most respected playmakers in Europe, Christian Eriksen’s move to Milan looks set to become a disappointing stay after Inter confirmed he was on the market in January.
Nerazzurri CEO Giuseppe Marotta noted that Eriksen fought at San Siro, describing him as “dysfunctional” in Antonio Conte’s lineup.
“It’s no insult to his professionalism,” Marotta told Sky Sports Italy after confirming that the Dane was on the transfer list.
“There is no penalty, just the situation has developed and it is fair to give him a chance to go where he can play more regularly.”
Interestingly, Arsenal have been linked with the former Tottenham star, while previously attracting the attention of Real Madrid.
Hakan Calhanoglu | AC Milan
It took him a while to head to Milan, but Hakan Calhanoglu has really blossomed at San Siro this season and his form has not gone unnoticed.
The Turkish international is believed to be on the Juventus radar, while Manchester United transfer bosses have reportedly monitored his availability.
With 29 goals in his name and another 45 projected for his teammates in all 149 games for the club, he will have a lot of fans.
Milan boss Stefano Pioli hopes to be able to stick to the Turkish international DAZN: “I don’t think there is a problem. Calha is with us and the club. I’m sure it’s his will to stay, negotiations are underway.
“The club, the technical area, the player and I want the same, he has reached important levels and he can still grow. He is a player to bet on.”