In today’s Fan Park, the crew takes a look at the best five transfers to go through in this January.
Nobody thought that Fernando Torres would ever make a “best transfer” list again, but we think that he still has some quality left in him. Atletico fans packed out the Vicente Calderon for his presentation and, if the Copa Del Rey match against Real Madrid earlier this month is anything to go by, he is going to return to the kind of form that made him one of the best strikers in Europe once upon a time.
Real Madrid signed a real young talent here. Lucas Silva led Cruzeiro to back-to-back Serie A titles in Brazil and at 21, he’s still got a lot of growing to do. Not to mention, he should be adding a bit of steel to their midfield, which has been looking a bit weak in recent weeks. Not to mention, he’s a good long-term investment.
It’s no surprise that Shaqiri was the subject of interest to a lot of big European clubs, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he was the star to help Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan to return to Europe’s elite. He has all the makings of a star and his talents were being wasted at Bayern. If all goes to plan, he may be a brilliant signing for the Italians.
Of course, everybody knows what Bony is capable of, and with the quality behind him at Manchester City, he could prove as effective a striker as Sergio Aguero has been. It remains to be seen how much time he’ll get on the pitch, but he has the potential to become Africa’s next big star in Europe.
We were all surprised to see Kaizer Chiefs allow Nkhatha join SuperSport United earlier this month, and it may be a sale that Amakhosi will live to regret. Nkhatha certainly has the quality to score goals, and if the Zimbabwean becomes the focal point of Matsatsatntsa's attacking movements, we could see great things from Gordon Igesund's side.
It took some great negotiating and shrewd foresight to bring these players to their respective clubs, but let’s see if it pays off.
Which January signing do you think was the best?