Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho celebrates a goal during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) second leg semi-final football match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on February 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN        (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Major January Signings Who are Cup Tied for European Club Competitions

January transfer window is one those times of the season when teams look to fill the loop holes which have appeared glaringly in the first half of the season. 

While some teams do major business by securing signatures of some of the most talented players whereas other teams just refrain from doing any business as they feel the January window is more of a disruption than a necessity.

This January transfer window has seen some of the most astonishing of deals getting completed which are usually not the case to be seen in the Premier League.

Today we bring you three players who cannot represent their new clubs in European competitions this season due to being cup-tied.

3. Emerson Palmeiri for Chelsea

Competition: UEFA Champions League

The Brazilian born Italian left back was bought this winter to add to the squad depth and act as a backup to Marcos Alonso.

With the Spaniard doing so well, its hard to see Emerson make it to the starting lineup week in week out. He might be primarily used in the Premier League to keep Marcos Alonso fresh for the Champions League as Palmeiri is cup tied.

Emerson's former club AS Roma are very much alive in the competition and had also thrashed his current club in the group stages.

2. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang for Arsenal

Competition: UEFA Europa League 

Arsenal's statement signing in the January window has to be Aubameyang. Having lost Sanchez to Manchester United as part of a swap deal, Arsenal badly needed a star of the same stature to keep the fans happy and rejuvenate their campaign which already seems to be stuttering. 

Having dropped to the Europa League this season due to their league position last season, Arsene Wenger would have hoped to win this competition easily and get a direct ticket for Champions League group stages next season but with the likes of Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid joining them, it just doesn't look as simple as it felt it would be. 

Arsenal fans would have hoped that Gabonese striker's goals would have helped them but unfortunately Aubameyang will not be able to feature for Arsenal in Europa League due to participation of his former employers Borussia Dortmund.

1. Philippe Coutinho for FC Barcelona

Competition: UEFA Champions League 

FC Barcelona were chasing Coutinho since last summer and it came as no surprise when the deal was announced in the first few weeks of January. 

The Brazilian magician was in scintillating form prior to the move but has just failed to hit the ground running in Spain. With the qualities Coutinho possesses, it's just a matter of time before he lights up La Liga with his magic. 

Brought in by Valverde with an eye to keep stalwarts like Messi and Iniesta fresh for the Champions League, he will hope that Coutinho rediscovers the form that lit Anfield alight. With Liverpool still actively participating in Champions League, Coutinho will be unavailable to play for Barcelona.