Who’s in? Our top transfer from each of Europe’s big five leagues

Updated: 12/04/2024


The 2019 January transfer window hasn’t quite produced the big money deals some were hoping for. But there’s still been plenty to whet the appetite across Europe’s big leagues.  

With that in mind, we’ve picked out our top transfers from across the continent.

Premier League – Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea to Crystal Palace

We could’ve gone with Gonzalo Higuain or Denis Suarez. But in terms of a player who can make the biggest impact at their new employers, it’s Batshuayi at Crystal Palace who fits the bill.

The 25-year-old has shown what he’s capable of at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund. Give him some love – and some chances – and the big Belgian is a proven finisher at the top level.

Palace are in the top-half in terms of shots in the Premier League this season. Now they might finally have a marksman capable of linking up their good approach play.

La Liga – Alvaro Morata – Chelsea to Atletico Madrid

Morata hasn’t exactly been flavour of the month at Stamford Bridge. A move back to his homeland with Atletico could be what’s needed to reignite the spark in the 26-year-old.

That said, the Spaniard leaves West London with a decent enough record. He hit 24 goals in a 72 match spell which also includes 24 substitute appearances.

After notching 15 times in 27 league matches in a previous stint in La Liga, it’s probably fair to say the two-time La Liga winner is much more accustomed to the Spanish top-flight.

Serie A – Krzysztof Piatek – Genoa to AC Milan

Sensing a theme in this rundown? That’s because the biggest winter transfer deals tend to involve forwards. And we reckon AC Milan new boy Piatek could prove to be the cream of the crop.

The Polish international is already one of Serie A’s top scorers after racking up 13 goals in 19 appearances for Genoa this season. And he’s already opened his account at the San Siro too.

The £35m buy hit the net twice in Milan’s 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Napoli earlier this week. You can bet he’ll be eager to follow that up on his third appearance against Roma this weekend.

Bundesliga – Tyler Adams – New York Red Bulls to RB Leipzig

Business has been a bit quiet in the Bundesliga. But RB Leipzig’s acquisition of Tyler Adams from New York Red Bulls has us purring. Why? You need only look at the 19-year-old’s debut.

The United States international was thrust straight into the XI against Fortuna Dusseldorf and covered more ground (7.28m), and won more tackles (17) than anyone else on the pitch.

That’s some way to announce yourself. And being at one of the best clubs in Europe for nurturing young talent, we can only see the terrier-like midfielder go from strength-to-strength.

Ligue 1 – Leandro Parades – Zenit Saint Petersburg to Paris Saint-Germain  

There was no shortage of dealings in Ligue 1, with Monaco moving for no fewer than eight new signings. Yet it’s PSG’s decision to sign Leandro Parades which we think is the best bit of business.

Thomas Tuchel’s men are dynamite going forward. But they’ve been crying out for someone to hold it together in the midfield of the park for some time. Argentina ace Parades could be that man.

The ex-Zenit, Empoli and Roma man has been touted as one of the best number fives to emerge from Argentina in some time. We can’t wait to see the 24-year-old in action.

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