Find out how the 2023 winter transfer window could affect the rest of the Champions League! Trends, rumors and likely impacts on the rest of the tournament… We’ve tried to analyze the key transfers and the teams favorites for the final victory!
The Champions League is certainly the most popular and exciting European football competition. For this 2022-2023 season, football fans are once again well served in terms of surprises. There is in particular the elimination from the group stage of Barça, Juventus or Atletico Madrid. If these results have already upset the expected final outcome, with the early departure of this leaders, other events could have an equally important impact: transfers during the winter transfer market.
The 2022 World Cup, a tournament that has revealed many talents
If you want to make predictions for the Champions League in 2023, consider taking into consideration the many moves that could take place during the 2022/2023 winter transfer window. While usually only the leagues allowed teams to evaluate which players they could sign or release, the year 2022 was marked by the outstanding organization of the 2022 World Cup in December.
Logically, during what is football’s biggest competition, many players showed their talent in front of the world. Some have only confirmed the good that we already thought of them, especially Messi, M’bappé or even Luka Modric. Others wore the costume of true revelations during this great football mass which was held in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.
Among others we can mention the Argentines Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez, Enzo Fernandez and Marcos Acuña, or the Dutch Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst. The names of the French Randal Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram, the Croatian Joško Gvardiol or the Moroccans Yassine Bounou and Sofyan Amrabat are also present on the shelves of various European teams involved in C1 2022/23.
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Trends: Will the final title contenders weaken or manage to strengthen their teams?
Mid-season, when the winter transfer market opens, many of the annual competitions are still a long way from delivering their verdict. Still present on several tables, the main clubs participating in the Champions League are very reluctant to let their players leave. For the 2022-2023 season, the reluctance will be all the stronger as the matches follow each other at a frenetic pace. So out of the question to let yourself be ripped off by a competitor! It’s not easy to see big names like Real Madrid, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Liverpool let go of important elements of their system. On the contrary, there is a good chance that they are mutually reinforcing.
What do the voices say?
The first rumors after the World Cup speak of PSG’s interest in Amrabat (Fiorentina). For their part, Liverpool should get their hands on the Dutch nugget Gakpo (PSV Eindhoven), while Chelsea have Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) in their sights. Still in the running in C1, RB Leipzig must not let their Croatian giant slip away. Enzo Fernandez (Benfica Lisbon), Argentine midfielder elected best hope of the 2022 World Cup, is closely followed by PSG and Liverpool. On the side of Real Madrid or Man City there shouldn’t be an important transfer, while Bayern Munich is studying the feasibility of the transfers of Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa).
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Regardless of the movements that will actually end during this winter transfer window, even if they will not induce a profound change in the teams, they can have an impact. C1 has already served us many times with the scenario of a new signing, who enters the game 15 minutes from the end of the match and scores the qualifying goal…