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Manchester City deadline day review - Quiet and Satisfactory

There were a couple of outgoings for Manchester City on what was a relatively quiet day for the club.

All seemed to be quiet from the blue half of Manchester as City’s deadline day dealing were fairly muted.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said soon after captain Vincent Kompany was ruled out for a month that he would like to do some business in the centre-back area. Their two targets were Pepe from Real Madrid and Martin Demichelis and they had their important business done on Sunday night before the mayhem ensued in terms of their incomings.

Demichelis arrived from Atletico Madrid on a two year contract for a fee reported to be around £4.2m – a problem area addressed so in terms of their incomings, City will feel that they have done what they have needed to do.

Earlier on in the window they had added a lot up front as well as in midfield in Fernandinho and Navas as they look to reclaim their Premier League crown.

Their outgoings featured Carlos Tevez to Juventus early on but on deadline day their most high profile player to leave the club will have been Gareth Barry on loan to Everton for the season – who has been part of the side that has won both the FA Cup and League title at City during their time under previous manager Roberto Mancini.

However, under Pellegrini, it appears Barry has fallen out of favour with the Chilean opting to play Fernandinho alongside Yaya Toure. A good move for City? Who knows? But if they have injury problems in the midfield, Barry would’ve been a worthy deputy but perhaps he feels he needs to playing football on a regular basis at this stage in his career.

Other business included sending 20-year-old Abdul Razak out for his fourth loan spell, this time he links up with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Although it was a very quiet deadline day for Manchester City, they will be relatively pleased with their business over the summer, given that they came out of the window as the second biggest spenders.

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