January transfer window 2023: All you need to know

The January transfer window will come soon after the World Cup. From key dates to how to follow with Sky Sports, here’s what you need to know…

When does the window open?

The transfer window opens on Sunday January 1 2023, for clubs in England and Scotland.

In Europe, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 windows will also open on January 1, while La Liga and Serie A will begin their trading on Monday January 2 2023.

By league:

  • Premier League: Sunday January 1, 2023
  • EFL: Sunday January 1, 2023
  • Scotland: Sunday January 1, 2023
  • WSL: Sunday January 1, 2023
  • Bundesliga: Sunday January 1, 2023
  • Serie A: Monday January 2, 2023
  • La Liga: Monday January 2, 2023
  • Ligue 1: Sunday January 1, 2022

When does the window close?

The January transfer window will close in England at 11pm on January 31. Europe’s top five leagues will also close their transfer window on the final day of January.

Transfer deadlines around Europe…

  • Premier League: Tuesday January 31, 11pm GMT
  • EFL: Tuesday January 31, 11pm GMT
  • Scotland: Tuesday January 31, 11:59pm GMT
  • WSL: Tuesday January 31, 5pm GMT (domestic transfers), midnight (international transfers)
  • Bundesliga: Tuesday January 31, 5pm GMT
  • Serie A: Tuesday January 31, 7pm GMT
  • La Liga: Tuesday January 31, 11pm GMT
  • Ligue 1: Tuesday January 31, 11:59pm GMT

What deals can be done?

As usual, players can be bought and sold across Europe and beyond. Loan deals are also able to be completed during the month-long window.

Other deadlines around the world…

  • Mexico: Feb 1
  • Portugal: Feb 2
  • Turkey: Feb 8
  • Australia: Feb 10
  • Ireland: Feb 22
  • Saudi Arabia: Jan 28
  • UAE: Feb 8
  • USA: May 4

What to look out for?

The winter World Cup provided a rare opportunity for players to impress ahead of the January transfer window. The stars that shone could get offers coming their way.

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte says he will look to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, but would expect any signings to be younger players who can develop at the club.

With Cristiano Ronaldo completing a lucrative move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr after his explosive divorce with Manchester United, attention will turn to incomings at Old Trafford, with supporters hoping the potential sale of the club will not halt any business.

Premier League leaders Arsenal could look to increase their squad depth as Mikel Arteta’s side continue to mount a bid for the title. They didn’t manage to get Douglas Luiz or Pedro Neto in the summer to add to their midfield options, but they have been in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of forward Mykhailo Mudryk.

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Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam provided a transfer update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

After completing a deal to sign Molde striker David Datro Fofana, Chelsea look set to step up their business. The Blues are interested in Benfica and World Cup-winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez, and have earmarked strengthening their defence.

Who could be on the move?

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Which club should Portugal forward Joao Felix sign for with several clubs interested in his signature?

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has been linked with a departure from the Wanda Metroplitano in January, with reported interest from clubs in the Premier League.

Atletico Madrid have themselves have been linked with Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu, whose contract is set to expire in the summer.

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Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi isn’t worried about losing World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister in the future, despite his impressive performances in Qatar.

Argentina’s Fernandez impressed in the middle of the pitch for Argentina during the World Cup as did compatriot Alexis Mac Allister. Mac Allister and fellow Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo are both admired by other clubs.

Another midfielder that impressed during the World Cup was Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat. His asking price has rocketed off the back of his performances in Qatar and it remains to be seen if a Premier League club could tempt Fiorentina to part with the 26-year-old.

Jude Bellingham celebrates his goal vs Iran
Image: Jude Bellingham celebrates his goal against Iran at the World Cup

Another stand-out performer at the 2022 World Cup was England’s Jude Bellingham.

Will the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder be joining some of his English team-mates in the Premier League? There has already been talk of Liverpool being a potential destination for the young star.

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Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg reports that Liverpool are making Jude Bellingham their number one transfer target and that Manchester United are out of the running for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Follow all the latest across Sky Sports

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

Our Good Morning Transfers show will be returning to Sky Sports News from Monday January 2, airing Monday to Friday throughout the window, rounding up the latest transfer news with analysis and extended interviews.