Manchester City: January transfer window review

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David Pizarro (Roma, loan).

Bar a deadline day loan move for Roma midfielder David Pizarro, it's been a relatively quiet transfer window for the typically big-spending Citizens.

Part of the reason for that is the club's fine first half to the season, with City sat proudly at the top of the Premier League table, Roberto Mancini may have felt little need to further add to his star-studded lineup at the Etihad Stadium.

The African Cup of Nations has played its part in depleting Mancini's ranks, with both Kolo and Yaya Toure called away to represent the Ivory Coast, whilst the untimely suspensions to Vincent Kompany and Mario Balotelli hasn't helped matters either.

But that hasn't prevented City from shipping out a number of the club's ailing stars, with the Financial Fair Play regulations just around the corner.


Nedum Onuoha (QPR, £2.5m); Chris Chantler (Carlisle, undisc); Alex Nimely (Coventry, loan); Ben Mee (Burnley, undisc); Wayne Bridge (Sunderland, loan); Frederic Veseli (Man Utd, undisc).

City outcasts Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge have finally bid farewell to Manchester - the former has been reunited with Mark Hughes at Loftus Road, while Bridge has opted for pastures new at the Stadium of Light under Martin O'Neill.

The most unlikely of transfers came in the form of talented academy youngster Frederic Veseli who has crossed the divide and swapped the Etihad Stadium for Old Trafford.

Close shaves

Daniele De Rossi has long been linked with a move to the club, with Mancini openly stating his admiration for his fellow Italian. As talks over a new deal at Roma continue to stall, the vice-captain's future is still in doubt, meaning he could yet join the Citizens' revolution in the summer.

On the other foot, there was rarely a day that went by without the 'will he, won't he' transfer tale of Carlos Tevez leading the headlines.

What's certain is that there is no future for him at Manchester City, but the Argentine international's representatives are holding out for the best possible deal.

Both AC and Inter Milan have been credited with an interest, as has Ligue 1 giants PSG, but as the transfer window slammed shut last night, Tevez remains a Manchester City player.

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