Be prepared to refresh the Sporza app regularly. The winter mercato closes at midnight, so many (Belgian) clubs are still looking for deals. What can we expect today? An overview.
Are Antwerp and Ghent still active in Belgium?
What will the final day of the winter mercato bring to the Jupiler Pro League?
A lot of eyes are on it Antwerp, that is intensively searching for a replacement for Arthur Vermeeren. Our newspaper colleagues previously reported that Dennis Praet is on the longlist of the Great Old. Only: the ex-Golden Shoe was suddenly back in the starting lineup at Leicester earlier this week.
According to HLN, another option is the Romanian Razvan Marin, who once made waves at Standard and currently plays for the Italian first division club Empoli.
Or will Sven Jaecques soon pull a white rabbit out of his hat?
KAA Ghent is another top club where the final hours can be fascinating. After the sales of Orban and Fofana, plus the upcoming sale of Hugo Cuypers – more about that later – a strong war chest has been built up.
Ex-crowd favorite Stefan Mitrovic (now at Getafe) is reportedly returning as defensive reinforcement.
Bee Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Union and KRC Genk it normally becomes quiet.
We also don’t expect any major maneuvers from the teams outside the top 6.
There is a striking transition in the pipeline: KV Mechelen is about to bring Islam Slimani (ex-Anderlecht) back to our country. Will he also be a guarantee of goals for Malinwa?
Undoubtedly suits too Standard, RWDM and KV Kortrijk still out with reinforcements given their dire situation at the bottom.
Quiet around Red Devils?
Yannick Carrasco, Divock Origi, Sambi Lokonga…
Last year, quite a few Red Devils changed teams on the last day of the winter mercato. This season, as the deadline approached, the rumor mill has quieted down a bit.
According to English sources, Amadou Onana will simply finish the season at Everton. Milan’s interest in Koni De Winter has also not yet become concrete.
An international who is within easy reach of a new employer: Orel Mangala.