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Transfer Deadline Day: Final Moves of the January Window

The January transfer window closed across Europe's top leagues on Friday, giving clubs one last day to shape their squads for the remainder of the season. 

The month had already featured a number of significant moves. Dortmund landed Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg and has reaped the benefits with his five goals in 59 minutes of action across his first two appearances.

In another marquee move, Manchester United secured the signing of Portuguese attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes after a protracted saga that finally was completed on Thursday.

Tottenham was busy remaking its squad, selling Christian Eriksen and loaning out Danny Rose while making Giovani Lo Celso's loan a permanent move, signing Gedson Fernandes on loan and adding Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn.

AC Milan was another busy side, watching Krzysztof Piatek, Suso and Ricardo Rodriguez leave the club while it retools in the midst of a resurgence in Serie A.

Those were just some of the moves that transpired prior to deadline day. Here are the key final moves that crossed the finish line, setting teams up for the next four months (and quieting the silly-season rumor mill ever so briefly):

- Barcelona has signed Sporting Braga rising star Trincão in a confirmed $34.3 million deal, which will see the 20-year-old Portuguese winger arrive at Camp Nou in the summer. He'll be signed through 2024-25 and have a release clause of 500 million euros. (FC Barcelona)

- Edinson Cavani did not get his wish to leave PSG, with a proposed move to Atletico Madrid falling through. He is out of contract at the end of the season and could join Atleti on a free transfer at that time. (L'Equipe | PSG)

- Manchester United already landed its big fish in Fernandes, but it looked to fill out its ranks at striker as well. The club has signed former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season with an option to buy, after reportedly making a failed play for Bournemouth's Norwegian striker and former Man United academy product Josh King. With the start of the Chinese Super League season delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, players like Ighalo became more attainable than they perhaps would have been otherwise. (Sky Sports)

- Antonee Robinson was photographed in Milan arriving for his medical ahead of sealing a reported $7.8 million transfer (that could rise to $13 million with add-ons) from Wigan Athletic, but the move fell apart. The English-American left back was vying to become the first U.S. international at the club since Oguchi Onyewu a decade ago, and Wigan's manager even indicated that the move was approaching the finish line, but a reported snag regarding the payment has evidently held up the deal, though Wigan says the issue was additional medical exams that would not be able to be completed before the transfer deadline. (Wigan Athletic)

- One fullback who is on the move is Cedric Soares, who has completed his loan move from Southampton to Arsenal. He joins Pablo Mari as defensive reinforcements brought in by Mikel Arteta for the club's second-half push. (Arsenal)

- Emre Can is headed to his native Germany, with Borussia Dortmund securing a loan deal with Juventus that comes with an obligation to buy at $33.2 million. Can arrived at Juventus on a free transfer from Liverpool, but he has struggled to find his top form with the Italian giants and is the odd man out on a loaded squad. (Sky Sports | Dortmund)

- Dortmund has remained active, selling Jacob Bruun Larsen for a reported $10 million to Hoffenheim, where he's signed a deal through 2024. (Hoffenheim)

- Olivier Giroud remains at Chelsea after all, despite Tottenham making a play for the Frenchman–with competition from Lazio. With no deal can be struck, he's stuck at Chelsea, where playing time has been limited, thus endangering his prospects at competing at Euro 2020. Frank Lampard indicated early Friday that a move away was not in the works for the veteran center forward. (Standard | Chelsea

- Lampard also played down chances that Chelsea would sign Dries Mertens, the veteran Belgian forward who will be out of contract at the end of the season. (Chelsea)

- Yannick Carrasco is back with Atletico Madrid, with the Belgian winger returning from China after leaving the Spanish capital for a lucrative move in 2018. (Atletico Madrid)

- After signing Piatek on Thursday, Hertha Berlin kept stockpiling attacking talent by signing Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha from Bundesliga foe RB Leipzig. (Hertha Berlin)

- RB Leipzig isn't walking away empty-handed, with the club signing left back Angelino on loan from Man City for the rest of the season. (RB Leipzig)

- Salomon Rondon reportedly won't be allowed to leave Dalian Yifang in China, where the top flight season has been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Manchester United was said to be one of the many teams interested in the former West Brom striker. (Guillem Balague)

- Zinedine Zidane has ruled out a Gareth Bale departure, with last-ditch rumors of a return to Tottenham swirling. Bale's agent all along has maintained that he'll be staying at Madrid through 2022 to run out his contract, while Zidane has remained firm that Bale won't be sold–despite claiming in the summer that his exit was imminent. (Sky Sports)

- Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says the club never received the supposed $110 million bid that Barcelona was offering for Richarlison and that the Brazilian striker will be staying put. (Goal)

- Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose appears to be staying put despite interest from Manchester United and Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

- Besiktas has signed the well-traveled Kevin-Prince Boateng in on loan from Fiorentina. (Besiktas)

- Belgian club Anderlecht finalized a transfer for New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence, with the Jamaican international moving for a reported $1.25 million. (The Athletic | Anderlecht)

KEY COMPLETED MOVES THIS JANUARY

Erling Haaland: Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund

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Takumi Minamino: Salzburg to Liverpool

Exequiel Palacios: River Plate to Bayer Leverkusen

Bruno Fernandes: Sporting CP to Manchester United

Steven Bergwijn: PSV Eindhoven to Tottenham

Christian Eriksen: Tottenham to Inter Milan

Gedson Fernandes: Benfica to Tottenham (Loan)

Ashley Young: Manchester United to Inter Milan

Victor Moses: Chelsea to Inter Milan (Loan)

Krzysztof Piatek: AC Milan to Hertha Berlin

Paco Alcacer: Borussia Dortmund to Villarreal

Reinier: Flamengo to Real Madrid

Ricardo Rodriguez: AC Milan to PSV Eindhoven (Loan)

Alessandro Florenzi: AS Roma to Valencia (Loan)

Pablo Mari: Flamengo to Arsenal (Loan)

Cedric Soares: Southampton to Arsenal (Loan)

Tomas Soucek: Slavia Prague to West Ham

Jarrod Bowen: Hull City to West Ham

Daniel Podence: Olympiakos to Wolves

Leonardo Camapana: Barcelona (Ecuador) to Wolves

Danny Rose: Tottenham to Newcastle (Loan)

Sander Berge: Genk to Sheffield United

Emre Can: Juventus to Borussia Dortmund (Loan)

Yannick Carrasco: Dalian Professional to Atletico Madrid (Loan)

Odion Ighalo: Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United (Loan)

Kevin-Prince Boateng: Fiorentina to Besiktas (Loan)