The January transfer window has now closed but there's plenty to unpack.

Transfer deadline day was as busy as ever, with Everton announcing Frank Lampard as their new manager, as well as the signings of Dele and Donny van de Beek. Tottenham Hotspur were also busy, signing both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus, while offloading Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil.

Liverpool lost out on Fabio Carvalho, Newcastle United finally signed Dan Burn, and Arsenal announced the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta said they are due to unveil Aubameyang today "if everything continues well".

We'll also have build-up to tonight's Old Firm and the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Stick with us for live coverage as we bring you all the latest reaction to a very busy month.

Remember, we want to hear from you. Get involved by emailing [email protected] and share your thoughts.

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February 2, 2022 at 5:18 PM EST
There's another AFCON semi-final, FA Cup build-up, and Frank Lampard's first press conference as Everton manager. See you tomorrow!
February 2, 2022 at 5:03 PM EST
Liverpool failed to beat the 11pm deadline on January 31. Fabio Carvalho was not a Liverpool player.

Here is why the transfer collapsed.
Fabio Carvalho: Why £8m Liverpool transfer collapsed – and what happens next
February 2, 2022 at 4:41 PM EST
10-man Derby slip to defeat in West Yorkshire.

Could Carlos Corberan's side get promoted? My university housemate will be dancing a jig in the street if they go up.
FT 2-0: Was always going to be a tall task after Stearman's red early on. Derby defended resolutely for most of the match and were undone by a lucky deflection. Given the injuries and age of the squad that finished the match, #DCFC can leave with their heads held high.
February 2, 2022 at 4:35 PM EST
He's in contention for the Sunderland job. Adam Crafton spoke to those who have played under his management.

Featuring go-karting, slaughtered pigs, telling a captain he’ll be sold in Asda… but also acts of genuine tactical insight, real compassion and sincere kindness.
What it’s like to play for Roy Keane, by the players who did it
February 2, 2022 at 4:16 PM EST
Roy Keane is set to hold talks with Sunderland over the vacant managerial position at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have begun the search for a new boss after Lee Johnson was sacked on Sunday night and Keane is expected to be among the candidates formally considered by the League One club.

The 50-year-old has been away from frontline management since leaving Ipswich Town in 2011 but two years in charge of Sunderland included promotion to the Premier League in 2007.

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February 2, 2022 at 3:52 PM EST
Senegal went 2-0 after a goal from Idrissa Gueye, before Burkina Faso pulled one back.

However, a Burkinabe player just managed to slide tackle his own teammate in midfield, the ball spilled to Sadio Mane, and the Liverpool winger dinked it home to send Senegal to the AFCON final. 3-1.

February 2, 2022 at 3:35 PM EST
Abdou Diallo might be sending Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final!

Follow all the latest updates with The Athletic's Ahmed Shooble here.
February 2, 2022 at 3:31 PM EST
Abada! Celtic are heading to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Dreamland in the Old Firm for Ange Postecoglou's side.
𝑨 𝑩 𝑨 𝑫 𝑨 makes it THREE!! 🤩🤩🤩#CELRAN | #cinchPrem | #COYBIG🍀
February 2, 2022 at 3:17 PM EST
Liverpool have received a major boost with the return of Thiago Alcantara to full training ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Cardiff City at Anfield.

The Spanish midfielder has rejoined Jurgen Klopp’s squad after seven weeks out due to a sprain of the hip capsule.

He hasn’t featured since the Premier League win over Newcastle United at Anfield on December 16. Last month Klopp rubbished rumours that the former Bayern Munich playmaker would be out for the rest of the season.

Thiago is desperate to make up for lost time and kick-start what has been a frustrating campaign for him on a personal level so far. He has been limited to just eight Premier League starts due to a calf injury, a bout of COVID-19 and a painful hip problem.

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February 2, 2022 at 2:50 PM EST
Retail therapy can often lift a bad mood. But when this turns into compulsive buying, the purchases made may not end up being the best things to buy.

This also applies to buying stagnating players who used to be part of the biggest names in football.

Dele Alli and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are two key names from the January transfer window that show this. They will have a lot to prove to show they weren't unjustified purchases.
Roaring trade in damaged goods will probably end in buyer’s remorse
February 2, 2022 at 2:23 PM EST
How will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit into Xavi's Barcelona? That's a good question!

The Athletic's John Muller has provided the detail on whether it will work or not.
Aubameyang, Xavi and Barcelona: Is this going to work?
February 2, 2022 at 1:53 PM EST
After the 2-0 defeat by Millwall, Valerien Ismael's sacking at West Brom seemed inevitable.

So, the big question now is, who replaces him?

Click below to join our discussion and let us know who you think the best option would be.
West Brom fans: Ismael sacked – who should replace him?
February 2, 2022 at 1:38 PM EST
Arsenal Women will now host Reading on March 2.

It could be a key game late on in the season as Arsenal look to stay top of the WSL.

✅ New date for @BarclaysFAWSL clash with Reading…

Here's all the key information you need 👇
February 2, 2022 at 1:26 PM EST
The Africa Cup of Nations is quickly drawing to a close. Tonight, Burkina Faso take on Senegal in the semi-final.

If you want live updates of the match, which kicks off at 7pm GMT, click here to head over to our live blog.
Who will make it to the final? 🤔

🇧🇫 🆚 🇸🇳

𝘼𝙣𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙡𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙮 | #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 | #AFCON2021 | #BFASEN | #TeamBurkinaFaso | #TeamSenegal | @1xBet_Eng
February 2, 2022 at 1:09 PM EST
Manchester City midfielder James McAtee has signed a new contract with the club until summer 2026.

McAtee remained with City through the January transfer window, despite Rangers and several other clubs attempting to sign the 19-year-old on loan.

The Athletic reported in October that City turned down an £8 million offer for McAtee from Brighton & Hove Albion, with the academy product well-regarded at the club. To read more, click here.
February 2, 2022 at 12:52 PM EST
After just seven months, West Bromwich Albion have sacked head coach Valerien Ismael.

Ismael’s last game in charge saw West Brom lose 2-0 to Millwall, ending their four-game losing streak in all competitions.

Fans have been frustrated by the style of play Ismael has opted for. Fans were heard chanting “sacked in the morning” after the win over Peterborough last week. Click here to read the full story.
February 2, 2022 at 12:36 PM EST
Brighton have confirmed there will be no Sammy the seagull at the Amex Stadium for the foreseeable future.

While fans will still have the pleasure of seeing Gully and Sally, it seems Brighton fans are not happy with Sammy's absence.
"Where's Sammy?" 😅

Sammy has sadly flown the nest, leaving mascot duties to Gully and Sally for the foreseeable future! 🐦
February 2, 2022 at 12:22 PM EST
Tottenham Hotspur director of technical performance Steve Hitchen has resigned — and is in talks with Everton over a role at the Merseyside club, The Athletic understands.

It is believed that some efforts were made to convince Hitchen to stay. However, it is thought his decision to leave in pursuit of another opportunity had already been made.

There is a gap in Everton’s recruitment staff after director of football Marcel Brands left the club in December, just eight months into a three-year contract extension. Click here to read more.
February 2, 2022 at 12:16 PM EST
Barcelona have left Dani Alves out of their squad for the Europa League knockout stages.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Barcelona would have to leave one of their four January signings — of Alves, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — out of their squad because UEFA only allows three additions for the second phase.

Torres, Traore and Aubameyang have all been included in the squad — as well as Ousmane Dembele, who remains at the club despite a failed move away during the transfer window. To read more, click here.
February 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
Southampton have announced the signing of Will Armitage from Cheltenham Town.

The 16-year-old central defender has joined on a scholarship deal and will initially feature for the Under-18’s.

He said: “It feels amazing to be here, really good. It feels great to be in such a great facility, in a great area, with a great bunch of lads and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“I’ve always said since I was a young lad that I wanted to be a professional footballer and I’m just one step closer now which is amazing and Southampton will give me those opportunities.

“I do see a real pathway at Southampton, the 18s into the B team and then into first-team. Hopefully that pathway can lead to the first team for me.”


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