Alexis, Coutinho and the best XI of the January transfer window

With the January transfer window drawing to a close, Goal picks the best team of players who have switched clubs this month…

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GK: Julio Cesar

The veteran Brazil international left Benfica to join boyhood club Flamengo, though he will only remain with the club for three months before hanging up his gloves and retiring. Getty Images

CB: Virgil van Dijk

Now the world's most expensive defender following his £75 million move from Southampton to Liverpool, the Netherlands international made the perfect start to life on Merseyside by scoring the winner against Everton in front of the Kop. Getty Images

CB: Javier Mascherano

Having spent seven-and-a-half years at Barcelona, Mascherano completed his long-protracted move to Chinese Super League outfit Hebei China Fortune, sparking emotional scenes at Camp Nou.

CB: Aymeric Laporte

A long-term target of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City parted with £57 million to bring the French centre-back to the Etihad Stadium from Athletic Club Getty Images

RW: Lucas Moura

Surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes, Lucas swapped Paris Saint-Germain for Tottenham as Spurs spent £25 million on the Brazil international wideman. Getty Images

CM: Ross Barkley

Having opted against joining the Premier League champions late in the summer window, Barkley eventually swapped Goodison Park for Stamford Bridge as he sealed a £15 million move to west London. Getty Images

CM: Rafinha

With Philippe Coutinho's arrival pushing him further down the pecking order at Barcelona, Rafinha moved on loan to Inter with the San Siro outfit having the option to sign him permanently for €35 million this summer. Getty Images

LW: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Out in the cold under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Mkhitaryan has been handed a second chance to put his stamp on the Premier League by moving to Arsenal. Getty Images

RF: Alexis Sanchez

In what may prove to be one of the biggest bargain moves of Premier League history, Manchester United brought in Arsenal's star player without paying a penny as they instead allowed Mkhitaryan – a player who was at best on the fringes at Old Trafford – move in the other direction. Getty Images

LF: Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona's record signing after finally getting the €135 million move he had always dreamed of, the Brazil international has already played his part in two wins at Camp Nou for the Blaugrana. Getty

CF: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsena's new record signing finally completed his move from Borussia Dortmund on deadline day as Arsene Wenger looked to further counter the loss of Alexis Sanchez. Goal

January's finest?

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