When the Winter Transfer Window ends in each of Europe's big leagues
January transfer window is an ideal purchasing time if the managers feel that the club would fail to achieve the target with the current crop of players, thereby reinforcing their roster to give their best shot.
Whenever the transfer window opens, it's also a source of entertainment for the fans who hope for their club to make some acquisitions. There has been plenty of hefty transfer sum involved during the kick start of the year.
Last year big money transfers including Philippe Coutinho, Virgil Van Dijk, and Douglas Costa, made their moves to Barcelona, Liverpool, and Juventus respectively. It has been relatively quiet in 2019, but still, there have been some major signings.
Christian Pulisic is the expensive buy of this window after Chelsea bought him for a fee of €64 million. Second expensive buy is Paulinho who made his move permanent to the Chinese Premier League side Guangzhou Evergrande in a deal involving €42 million, followed by AC Milan buys Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek for a fee of €35 million.
Some European countries differ in the inception and shutting down of the winter transfer window. Below are the closing dates.
Premier League (England) - 31 January 2019
The transfer window for the English sides started from January 1. Christian Pulisic, Gonzalo Higuain, and Dominic Solanke are the top three top signings of this transfer window. A surprising move for Nathaniel Clyne saw him joining Eddie Howe's Bournemouth in a loan deal until the end of the season. The window shuts on January 31 at 11 PM.
La Liga (Spain) - 31 January 2019
The La Liga transfer window kicks off from January 2. The big deal in the transfer market involved Atletico Madrid who brought Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on loan until the end of the season, followed by the acquisition of Jeison Murillo (Barcelona) and Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid). Paulinho was shipped off from Barcelona for a fee of 45 million. The transfer window closes on January 31 at 11:59 PM.
Serie A (Italy) - 31 January 2019
In the top five European leagues, Serie A clubs had the shortest time to complete the signings in the January transfer window with just 15 days. But, the deadline has now been extended until January 31 at 19:00, this year. The highest acquisition from this league is shared by Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek who were bought by AC Milan. After the deadline, it officially shuts down departures as well.
Bundesliga (Germany) & Ligue 1 (France) - 31 January 2019
Just like in England, the transfer window for the German and French Clubs incepts by January 1 and is officially shut on January 31. The biggest transfer dealing in this window involved Borussia Dortmund who sold Christian Pulisic for 64 million. Cesc Fabregas' move to AS Monaco and Amadou Haidara's move to RB Leipzig are the next expensive moves in these two leagues. When the clock shows 18:00 and 23:59 on the last day of the month in France and Germany respectively, the transfer window slams shut.
Note: All times mentioned in the piece are Local Times in the respective countries.