The January 2022 Transfer Window: When it opens and closes? All you need to know

It’s no more news that the January transfer window also referred to as the Winter transfer window has opened across Europe and we’ll get to see some high profile and moderate profile moves take place in this period.

Regardless, folks are always particular about when the January transfer window opens and closes and they also remain optimistic that the clubs they support will make some required transfer moves during the window.

How the winter transfer window works

It can be recalled that a football season has two transfer windows and these are periods when football transfers between clubs and players can be started and completed. Once these windows are closed, there is no possibility of moves between clubs by players.

Meanwhile, although the period of these windows is long enough for clubs to acquire their targets, a good number of them wait till deadline day and the final hours of the transfer window to complete moves and this is the most exciting and suspense-filled period of a transfer window.

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Like I mentioned earlier, the 2021/22 winter transfer window which is the second of the ongoing football league season is already opened across Europe and for all elite leagues like the Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, La Liga. French Ligue 1, amongst others.

When does the January transfer window 2022 open?

The 2022 January transfer window has already opened and normally opens at the beginning of the month. It also closes at the end of the month although the specified dates of opening and closing vary from league to league.

For example, clubs in the English Premier League will be able to complete transfer moves throughout January, starting from the first day to the last day of the month. This applies to all clubs in England including those in the lower divisions.

When does the January transfer window 2022 close?

The winter transfer window will close on January 31, 2022, for clubs in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Spanish La Liga. It should be noted that the period for the registration of players ends at 11 pm GMT in the UK (6 pm ET)

A summary of the opening and closing date and times of the January 2022 winter transfer window across the major leagues is mentioned below.

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  • The Premier League opened on January 1, 2022, and closes on January 31, 2022
  • The La Liga window opened on January 3, 2022, and will close on January 31, 2022.
  • The Serie A – January 3, 2022, and January 31, 2022
  • The Bundesliga – January 1, 2022, and January 31, 2022
  • Ligue 1 – January 1, 2022, and January 31, 2022.

Meanwhile, deals that can be done include permanent transfers, loan deals. Free agents who signed contracts with clubs when the 2021/22 season was already in progress will be able to represent the clubs they signed for from January. An example is Dani Alves’ move to Barcelona. He signed the deal in November 2021.

Players that may change clubs in January 2022

A good number of clubs believe that players with the best quality are not readily available in January. Regardless, we still get to see some elite players make both expected and shocking moves in this period. 

With the Qatar 2022 world cup approaching, expect a lot of players who have not been getting game time as expected to make moves so they can impress and show their national team coaches why they must be called up to represent their nations.

Manchester City’s Ferran Torres is on his way to Barcelona and Manchester United players like Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial will be looking to make moves this winter. With Newcastle United’s new luxury owners, they are expected to make some big signings so they can survive in the Premier League this season.  

The Premier League outfit have been linked with several players. Covid and injury worries will see the likes of Chelsea go out to replace some of their players. Ben Chilwell is out for the remainder of the season and the Blues have been linked with a move for Lucas Digne, Sergino Dest, amongst others.