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When does the January transfer window open and close?

Suraj Radia
Enzo Fernandez, Benfica, 2022/23

The 2023 January transfer window is set to be a busy period, with clubs all around Europe set to complete deals that will make or make their seasons.

With players on expiring contracts also able to negotiate Bosman transfers with European sides from January, there is much to look forward to in the winter market.

Chelsea led the way with their business in the summer, spending in excess of £250 million to break the world record for the largest outlay in a single transfer window.

Despite Premier League clubs spending nearly £2 billion on players in the summer – almost as much as the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga combined – the January window could still be extremely busy.

The January transfer window follows the Qatar World Cup and teams will undoubtedly have international performers on their mind, meaning some high-performing stars could be rewarded big transfers.

Liverpool, for instance, have already moved to sign Cody Gakpo from under the noses of Manchester United, with the Netherlands winger’s strong performances at Qatar 2022 doubtless having an impact on their decision to complete a big-money deal.

Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all expected to be active in the market, while the Reds could also move for a midfielder.

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And then there is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has completed a move to Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr following his release from Manchester United in November.

European sides can also start negotiating with players who will be free agents in the summer of 2023, with some big names able to agree moves from January.

Premier League clubs, however, cannot approach other English players until the final month of their deals, meaning some players such as Youri Tielemans and Roberto Firmino could be snapped up by teams in Europe.

When does the transfer window open?

Premier League

The Premier League transfer window opens on 1 January 2023.

La Liga

La Liga’s transfer window opens on 2 January 2023.

Serie A

Serie A’s transfer window opens on 2 January 2023.

Bundesliga

The German Bundesliga’s transfer window opens on 1 January 2023.

Ligue 1

Ligue 1’s transfer window opens on 1 January 2023.

La Liga and Serie A have a slightly later start to the January transfer window.

Lionel Messi's contract expires in 2023

Lionel Messi’s contract expires in 2023

When does the transfer window close?

Premier League

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The Premier League transfer window closes on 31 January at 11pm GMT.

La Liga

Spain’s La Liga transfer window closes on 31 January at 11pm GMT.

Serie A

Italy’s Serie A transfer window closes on 31 January at 7pm GMT.

Bundesliga

The German Bundesliga’s transfer window closes on 1 February at 5pm GMT.

Ligue 1

Ligue 1’s transfer window closes on 31 January at 23:59 GMT.

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