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Why EPL is experiencing sluggish January transfer window

January transfer window

Only a handful of deals have been completed in the mid-term transfer session and it looks unlikely speedy progress will be made by its end.

Chelsea were supposed to dip in the market and add to their ranks. With Olivier Giroud leaving, Frank Lampard needs numbers upfront which he is desperately lacking.

Manchester United too have been linked with plenty of players. The Red Devils need reinforcements, especially after the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Pep Guardiola is overseeing a less than spectacular season at Manchester City. First Leroy Sane suffered a long-term injury and then half of his central defense was on the treatment table. City needs reinforcements, even loans would world but so far no movement has been observed.

Only Jurgen Klopp has added to his ranks. Liverpool are fighting on all fronts and they need numbers for it. The Premier League is a priority but the Reds can also retain their European crown.

With Shaqiri on his way out, Takumi Minamino has been added to their ranks. But no one else has made their way to the Anfield dressing room.

It is the same trend across the Premier League. Clubs have not added to their ranks and are waiting until the summer transfer window to get their prized targets. And this is a trend we see continue from last year.

Unwilling to sell

Only 22 permanent signings were made last year, with clubs favoring loan moves. So far, a similar number of permanent signings have been made. As stated beforehand, the major players have stayed away in the January transfer window.

With clubs unwilling to let got of their prized possessions midway through the campaign, the prices are inflated. Bruno Fernandes has been linked with Manchester United but an 80 million Euro move looks unlikely.

Players are unwilling to backstab they fans who have supported them all through their progression. Wilfried Zaha stated his desire to stay with Crystal Palace and fight against relegation with the London club.

However, the most important reason is the closely packed Premier League table. Chelsea are 4th with 40 points, while Newcastle are 13th and 10 points adrift. The clubs are in such close proximity of each other that they are unwilling to sell to their rivals and strengthen them.

And with fortunes changing on a whim of lady luck, clubs do not want to affect the balance of their squads. Take the example Southampton, the club were in last place and suffered the ignominy of a 9-1 defeat to Leicester City. They have since turned a new leaf and are 9th on the table.

Some moves are expected as we near the end of January transfer window but it looks likely that most clubs will remain dormant.