The January transfer window just concluded and some clubs have done some smart business. The top buys according to me would be:
1. Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina to Chelsea)
The Colombian winger is the biggest acquisition of the winter transfer window with Chelsea having to fish out £27m for his services. Played also as a fullback in his career, he fits perfectly into Mourinho’s ideology. The most talked about player in the Colombian side after James Rodriguez, he was one of the main reasons for Colombia’s impressive show at the World Cup. He brings versatility to the Chelsea attack with football great Thierry Henry describing him as: “He can beat anyone at any time and he’s a proper winger also – that’s something you don’t see often now, guys that want to go down the line and beat people and cross. That’s what you want if you’re a striker, so I think he will be a special player.”
2. Andre Schurrle (Chelsea to Vfl Wolfsburg)
The German World Cup winner impressed in flashes during his time at Chelsea chipping in with some really important goals. In accordance with Mourinho’s ideology of having attacking players who can also defend, Chelsea brought in Juan Cuadrado and to fund that move the German winger made a £22m move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg where he will be reunited with former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne. He is surely to bolster the Wolfsburg attack with his high workrate and pace and good finishing.
3. Wilfred Bony (Swansea City to Manchester City)
The Ivory Coast striker has earned praise from his new boss Manuel Pellegrini for his skill, intelligence and power. He is a very good finisher and adds much threat to the already powerful City attackline and a brilliant backup to injury prone Aguero. He has been Swansea’s primary strikeforce since Michu and has scored some brilliant goals during his time at the Liberty Stadium.
4. Enzo Perez (Benfica to Valencia)
The Argentine midfielder had caught many eyes during the World Cup where he made three appearances including the final. Powerful and with a good pace and skill, he is a pretty handsome buy. He already assisted one of the goals in Valencia’s 3-1 win over rivals Sevilla. He will be a vital instrument if Valencia hope to book a Champion’s League birth.
5. Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal to Arsenal)
“He is a real defender, who wants to defend,” said Arsene Wenger after securing Gabriel Paulista for £13.5m from Villarreal. He is still a raw talent and needs much polishing, but he is a robust defender and will help to overcome Arsenal’s defensive woes.
6. Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria to Napoli)
The forward has 8 goals in 14 matches for Sampdoria and two appearances for Italy all at the age of 23. He averaged a goal every other game in the under 21 level. Rafa Benitez’s Napoli are going to benifit much from this prolific goal scorer.