Odegaard, winter leader

The Norwegian midfielder is the MVP of all those who changed teams in January, ahead of Dembélé, Haller and Szoboszlai.


Austerity has marked a winter market where the pandemic has frozen football accounts. Long ago we were used to titanic transfers with which the big clubs sought to shake the emergency shaker before the final stretch of the season. However, this January 2021 has been the month of accessories. Most of the players who fill gaps and, incidentally, will try to regain step in a campaign that was not going in the right direction.

Odegaard leads the change

Real Madrid has not added pieces to its gear, but it has lost some and one of them, Martin Odegaard, is the player with the highest market value that has packed his bags. The Norwegian midfielder, tired of the bench, asked to leave to unpack his season and the Whites have allowed it. The Royal Society did not take long to appear on the scene, given the stupendous symbiosis between Drammen and the txuri-urdin before Zidane's premature play-off. However, it was Arsenal, which offered a higher salary than the young Madrid courage received in the Spanish capital, who won the race. Now Mikel Arteta will be in charge of molding a diamond that was disgraced in San Sebastián and that has lost its shine on his return to the Bernabéu.

The 40 million euros in which 'Transfermarkt' rates the new '11' gunner exceeds the 30 million of Moussa Dembélé and Sébastien Haller. The rojiblanco, like the Norwegian, arrives on loan, in his case from Olympique de Lyon, but with the intention of earning his stay after the June exams. His role, that of a substitute for a Suárez thrown for the top scorer, is not easy, nor is it easy to make the player they come to replace, Diego Costa, forget. His scoring baggage with Les Gones in the last two seasons is his greatest support (20 and 24 goals). The poor level of the present campaign (only one goal in 16 games), his greatest must. While his podium partner, Haller, has become a very strong bet on the part of an Ajax used to selling and not buying, but who have paid a more than reasonable price, 22.5 million euros, for a striker who He arrived at West Ham in 2019 for 50, after forming a fearsome pair with Luka Jovic in the Eintracht.

Madrid, protagonist

By allusions, we jump in this particular list and we march to the final part of it, where the footballer now mentioned appears. Jovic, after not following the high expectations created with his millionaire signing with so many, has sought the 'heat' of Frankfurt to revive his scoring nose. At the moment he is not on the wrong track, since he has already scored more goals (3) in 105 minutes with Eintracht than in 32 games with Madrid (2). The 20 million in which the specialized portal rates Jovic close, together with Morgan Sanson (to Aston Villa for 15.8 million), Willian José (loaned to Wolverhampton) and Take Kubo the top-10. The Japanese, after not finding what he was looking for in Villarreal, minutes and confidence, has changed Emery for Bordalás and his new loan in Getafe presents much greener shoots than his short stage in Castellón.

Looking at the extremes, the intermediate positions are led by another player in relation to Madrid. Although, in his case, out of desire and not out of belonging. Dominik Szoboslai, whose tremendous irruption shook the first months of the season, changed city (Salzburg for Leipzig), but not factory (Red Bull) despite the merengue interest and put himself at the service of Nagelsmann for 20 million (his clause) . Physical discomfort has prevented him from showing off his new shirt. Thus, the Austrian shares fourth place with Ozan Kabak, Liverpool's bombastic reinforcement who takes one of the most promising centers on the continent and takes advantage of the situation of Schalke 04.

The 25 million in which the winger and the defender are valued exceed the 22 of Arek Milik and Saïd Benrahma. The Pole, away from Naples, has stripped his daisy until only the petal of Olympique de Marseille remains, where he will try to help Villas Boas to get out of the current fallow. While West Ham made effective the purchase option that weighed on the Algerian left winger and has made him, incidentally, the most expensive signing of the winter. Some 23 million that appear as the maximum investment and that illustrate the austerity that we mentioned at the beginning.

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