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Manchester City January Transfer Window Roundup - All completed deals

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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308   //    04 Feb 2019, 00:38 IST

Pep Guardiola were subdued in the transfer market
Pep Guardiola were subdued in the transfer market

At the start of the current campaign, Manchester City were considered favourites to win the League title with Liverpool being the closest challengers to their title defence. The season did begin the way City would have liked as they brushed teams aside maintaining the top spot for quite a long time. 

However, during the busy Christmas schedule, wheels came off a bit and at the end of the calendar year, the defending champions found themselves seven points shy off Liverpool at the top.

It highlighted one specific weakness of this Manchester City team which they looked to cover up in the January market. Pep Guardiola's over-reliance on Fernandinho was evident in the victory against Liverpool where the Brazilian put up a stellar performance to reduce the deficit to just four points. 

The Cityzens wanted someone who could be an ideal backup to Fernandinho as the Brazillian could play week in and week out because of his age.

On the other hand, rumours circulated about City's inefficiency in developing their young academic talents with Jadon Sancho already leaving early for Dortmund and couple of other youngsters looked to find a breakthrough elsewhere.

Man City ware involved in the market till the deadline day with players leaving and few others linked with a move in the summer. 

Hence, without delaying further, let's look back how the January transfer market unfolded for Machester City and all the deals completed in the process.


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Palaversa is an admirer of Guardiola.
Palaversa is an admirer of Guardiola.

#2 Ante Palaversa(Signed from Hajduk Split)

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The 18-year-old Croatian signed for City on the deadline day, but he would be loaned back to his former club till 2020 where he will continue his development. 

After the signing, the youngster said:

I'm Hajduk's saying, playing at the Poljud was always my dream, and after all, I'm happy to see the work of the Hajduk Academy recognized one of the biggest clubs in the world. 

He is also the captain of Croatia under-19 team and made his debut for Hajduk Split last summer in the UEFA Europa League qualifier.

#1 Ko Itakura (Signed from Kawasaki Frontale)

Ko Itakura was City's first signing of the January transfer window. The Japanese under-21 International has been loaned to Dutch club Groningen until the end of next season.

The midfielder would be eligible for a work permit to compete in City after his spell in Holland. Despite being a midfielder, he can play as a centre back as well.

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