The January transfer window this season was certainly an interesting period in recent times but some clubs around Europe failed to get their hands on top transfer targets, midway through the season. The clubs in the Premier League were busy, planning moves for some of the best players around but they did not manage to make any big money signings this January.
Clubs from around the points table in England, however, managed to make a couple of decent signing, while also letting a few star players leave before the deadline day. Though there were a number of exciting deals throughout the month, here are 5 of the best deals involving Premier League clubs that took place in January that can turn out to be season defining ones for the rest of the campaign.
Branislav Ivanovic; Chelsea to Zenit St Petersburg (free):
The Serbian defender was superb for Chelsea in the previous seasons, but Antonio Conte has settled with Cahill, Luiz and Azpilicueta at the back, leaving Ivanovic with no place in the side. He was finding it hard to get into the first team in the league and was linked with an impending exit last month. A few Premier League clubs were interested in his signature but Ivanovic was ready to quit the Premier League and completed a permanent switch to Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg right before the deadline day. Surely, at 32, he has plenty to offer in Russia.