Updated: Sunday, 23rd September 2018 @ 5:48am

Manchester clubs tighten their purse strings in a relatively calm January transfer window

Manchester clubs tighten their purse strings in a relatively calm January transfer window

By James Coldwell

The transfer window slammed shut at 11pm last night and business was quiet but productive in Manchester with Ravel Morrison’s departure from United and David Pizarro’s arrival at City the pick of the moves.

After the carnage that broke on the final day of last season’s January transfer window there was little surprise at the lack of bank notes frantically exchanging hands this time around.

The deals that saw Fernando Torres move from Liverpool to Chelsea  for a mere £50m followed by Andy Carroll’s last minute switch from Newcastle United to Anfield in a comparatively pocket change deal worth £35m seems to have put the fear of life into the minds of managers across Europe.

In the Premier League the sum of transfers completed within the window fell from last season by around 70%, with a total so far of £58.3m being spent this January.

With two of the biggest clubs in English football in Manchester and with the seemingly bottomless pit of money that Manchester City has to spend you could have been excused for expecting fireworks on January 31.

However, both City and rivals Manchester United experienced a seemingly quiet end to the month and I’m sure Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson were not fazed by the lack of movement given their commanding position in the Premier League.

Depending on what happens in the final four months of the season, this window could well be looked back on by fans of either side or, if, and it’s a big if, no silverware lands in Mancunian hands questions will be asked whether they missed a trick in January.

Manchester City

Ins:

David Pizarro (Roma, loan)

Outs:

Wayne Bridge (Sunderland, loan), Frederic Veseli (Manchester United, undisclosed), Kieran Trippier (Burnley, undisclosed), Harry Bunn (Preston, loan), Chris Chantler (Carlisle, undisclosed), Alex Nimely (Coventry, loan), Ben Mee (Burnley, undisclosed), Nedum Onuoha (QPR, undisclosed).

The future of want away striker Carlos Tevez is still to be decided and rumours are circulating this morning that he could well join a Russian or South American side in the next week as they are not bound by the same transfer regulations as teams are in England.

Whether any team could afford his high wages remains to be seen, step forward Anzhi Makhachkala!

Manchester United

Ins:

Frederic Veseli (Manchester City, undisclosed), Paul Scholes (free agent)

Outs:

Federico Macheda (QPR, loan), Darron Gibson (Everton, undisclosed), 
Joshua King (Hull, loan), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover, undisclosed), Danny 
Drinkwater
(Leicester, undisclosed), Ravel Morrison (West ham, undisclosed), Oliver Norwood (Coventry, loan), Scott Wootton (Nottingham Forest, loan),