January transfer window is always complicated. There are limited names available on the market but some clubs are really in demand of reinforcement. As the season has already a halfway and the new signings often take sometime to adapt with the new team and their system. No wonder that a loan or capturing players who have been free agent seems more popular option during the winter transfer window.
Some teams have already sealed the deal for loan and free-transfer signings. One of them is AC Milan. The leader in Serie A have captured the veteran striker Mario Madzukic for free after the former Croatian international’s contract with the Qatar club was terminated on mutual agreement and Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori. Their lack of playing minutes is the reason behind the move. Despite being 34 years old, Madzukic will be a great addition for Rossonerro for keeping the consistency for the second half of the season to end Juventus’ domination and clinch their first Serie A title since 2011, whereas the English young defender could be useful when Stefano Pioli needs to rotate the squad.
In Ligue 1, Olympique Marseille have been dying for signing new forward after the inconsistent form of Dario Benedetto. The Napoli outcast, Arkadiusz Milik is available and it did not take long for Andre Villas-Boas side to recruit him on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season. The Polish international is a poacher with excellence aerial ability and finishing, which could be useful for OM whose key figures, Florian Thauvin and Dmitri Payet are good at long cross.
In Premier League, Arsenal swoops the chance of capturing the Norwegian wonder, Martin Odegaard, from Real Madrid on loan. He would like to have more minutes to play for saving his career. The 22 year-old attacking midfielder has always shined when he was on loan with Herenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad between 2017 and 2020 but he barely contributes anything with Los Blancos this season.He is versatile midfielder who is creative number ten but can also play wide or midfielder center. Odegaard shoud fit The Gunners’ tactical approach. Another Premier League side, Wolverhampton also succeeds in signing La Liga player on loan. He was in fact, Odegaard’s teammate in Real Sociedad last season, William Jose. The Brasilian striker moves to Molienaux on loan and is prepared to take over Raul Jimenez’s post.