Transfer Deadline Day Live: Breaking down all the major deals, rumors
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Transfer Deadline Day Live: Breaking down all the major deals, rumors

Feb 1, 2024

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Transfer deadline day is in full swing. We’re providing live, quick-hit analysis of the biggest deals and rumors until tonight’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.

Broja’s the star of the show

Hours into the slowest January window in recent history, we finally have some news: Fulham are signing Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea, according to football insider Fabrizio Romano. Wolverhampton were reportedly in contention until the end and offered the same conditions but ultimately lost out on Broja. Crucially, if Fulham don’t play him enough over the remainder of the season, they’ll have to pay Chelsea up to £4 million in penalties, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney adds. The West London side obviously wants to give the 22-year-old the best opportunity for minutes – particularly after two seasons of knee troubles – and, with Raul Jimenez out several weeks for Fulham, Broja now has that chance. The loan deal could also elevate his value ahead of a potential summer auction. The Blues currently value Broja at around £50 million.

Crickets …

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The 2024 January transfer window has simply been low on excitement, and updates of even moderate significance are few and far between. But why? A year after spending a record £815 million on winter transfers – and more than £275 million on deadline day alone – Premier League clubs are struggling to hit the £100 million mark this season. Granted, Chelsea inflated the 2023 numbers with reckless deals for Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, and Noni Madueke. But, generally speaking, the appetite was there.

Everton being docked a record 10 points for breaches of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules – along with the prospect of further action against the Toffees and Nottingham Forest for more recent infractions – seems to have scared off the pack. Chelsea have hit the tippy top of their seemingly billion-pound budget, and Manchester City tend to limit their January business to acquiring future talent – like Julian Alvarez and Claudio Echeverri. Only 20 permanent transfers have been completed in the English top flight this winter, and there are just a few hours to go until the window slams shut.

Give Chelsea all of your money

Chelsea are the headline act again at the transfer deadline – but playing a different role entirely. Languishing in 10th place in the Premier League standings and without Champions League football on the horizon, the cash-guzzling Blues desperately need funds to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations ahead of the 2024-25 season. Broja is on his way to Fulham and Conor Gallagher is reportedly up for sale, not because he’s excess baggage but because he offers the juiciest profit margin. Chelsea are raising academy graduates for financial slaughter, having pawned off Lewis Hall, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Mason Mount for tens of millions of pounds in pure profit over the last six months. Broja and Gallagher are next on the conveyor belt.

Bayern getting instant relief

Bayern are closing out the window strong. Signing Sacha Boey from Galatasaray for a reported €30 million solves a crisis at the right-back position, where midfielder Konrad Laimer and left-back Raphael Guerreiro have split time as square-peg-round-hole replacements for the injured Noussair Mazraoui. Further injuries to wingers Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman forced Bayern to bring in 22-year-old Granada winger Bryan Zaragoza six months ahead of his expected move to the Bavarians. The deals give Bayern the depth they need to continue competing on all fronts. Given their sputtering form and a surprisingly sustained challenge from Bundesliga title rivals Bayer Leverkusen, they need all the help they can get.

No place like home for Hojbjerg

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s future at Tottenham Hotspur has been up in the air since Antonio Conte left the club in March 2023 – and it’ll be suspended in motion for a while longer. Hojbjerg, one of former manager Conte’s soldiers in midfield, has made just five Premier League starts under Ange Postecoglou. And while he remains on the periphery of Postecoglou’s plans, Hojbjerg remains committed to the cause. He doesn’t lack options – Juventus, Napoli, Ajax, and Lyon reportedly expressed interest in the midfielder – but still feels part of something big in north London. Credit to Postecoglou for making a player with such limited minutes feel connected to the cause.

Forest keep wheeling and dealing

Nottingham Forest are sticking to their usual deadline-day formula. Having closed out the 2023 summer transfer window with an incredible seven signings, Forest are back to juggling negotiations. They’ve completed the signing of highly rated Portuguese striker Rodrigo Ribeiro from Sporting CP and Gio Reyna on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Forest are also reportedly flying in Strasbourg goalkeeper Matz Sels after abandoning talks with Crystal Palace over shot-stopper Sam Johnstone. They’re allowing some departures, too, with Serge Aurier expected to leave for Galatasaray and Orel Mangala heading for Lyon.

Other deals to watch today …

  • Said Benrahma to Lyon
  • Stefano Sensi to Leicester City
  • Tommaso Baldanzi to Roma
  • Hugo Ekitike to Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Antonio Nusa to Brentford
  • Bryan Gil to Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Josef Martinez to CF Montreal
  • Enes Unal to Bournemouth
  • Serge Aurier to Galatasaray
  • Thomas Meunier to Burnley
  • Rafa Mir to Valencia
  • Maxwel Cornet to Crystal Palace
  • Matz Sels to Nottingham Forest


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