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At long last the transfer window has closed, and we can all turn to back to speculation ahead of the winter transfer market. Here are yesterday’s headlines to help get you caught up on the final moves form Man City, and more.

Transfer Window Wrap up, Manchester City see many exits and no arrivals - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue

Saul has the round-up on all the outgoing youngsters on the final day of the window.

We are here at deadline day and Manchester City has seen many players exit and none arrive.

Let’s recap some notable departures both unofficial and official.

Tommy Doyle Joins Hamburger

This was confirmed today as the midfielder leaves in search of playing time in the second division of German football. The deal will have Doyle spend the remainder of the 2021/22 season on loan with German side Hamburger SV. Best of luck, Tommy!

Claudio Gomes Join Barnsley

Claudio Gomes has joined Barnsley on loan from Man, City, confirms Fabrizio Romano as the City d-mid decides to ply his trade in the Championship. The move should suit him well as they are battling for promotion and would be a welcome add to Barnsley.


A special write up for legacy prospect Tommy Doyle from Neil Leigh.

Tommy – the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe – has since gone on to make seven first team appearances in total.

The 19-year-old also captained City to 2020 FA Youth Cup and 2020/21 Premier League title success.

Now he will further his experience with a season on loan playing with the Bundesliga 2 outfit.

Everyone as the Club wishes Tommy the best of luck for the rest of the campaign.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis Learning from the Best in Vincent Kompany? - Emmanuel Odey - Bitter and Blue

Emmanuel has the goods on a young City center - back learning from their new monument man.

After a successful loan spell with Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship during the second half of last season, he has decided to continue his development abroad. The chosen destination is Anderlecht in Belgium. He now files out in the Jupiler League under the tutelage of City legend Vincent Kompany who serves as manager.

For a young player still learning the ropes in the game, playing under one of the best players in your position could be invaluable. Kompany excelled in the position, winning several trophies with City while playing a leadership role in the team for many years at the club.

It appears there’s no better person to learn from if sealing a place in the team in the future is Harwood-Bellis’ target. So far the 19-year-old is getting sufficient playing time having already featured in seven games for the side.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo panic shows they are now the noisy neighbours to Man City - Joe Bray - Manchester Evening News

How the tables have turned. United’s freak-out move for CR7 proves where the real power lies in Manchester.

These days, the power in Manchester has undoubtedly shifted. In the past, signing Ronaldo would have been a move to bring in a United hero just because they could — a transfer designed to annoy United as much as it was to improve City. These days, his United past was a side-story — this would have merely been a world class player joining a world class team.

In truth, if Ronaldo wanted to join a club to win the Champions League, he would have joined City rather than United.

However, as soon as United figures got wind of City’s interest, they stepped in. Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand were among those who couldn’t fathom the right of Ronaldo in sky blue. They spoke to Ronaldo and United ‘brought him home’ — even though he was willing to sign for their biggest rivals. They only signed Ronaldo to stop him joining City.

It’s not exactly the romantic return that United’s PR department will have you believe. Now, it’s United employing ‘noisy neighbour’ tactics against City.


Manchester City enter the fray in the Women’s Champions League. Edwards & Kelsey had the report ahead of City’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.

The Champions League is the only title to elude City, whose tournament begins in the second round against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening and Beckie admits there is a buzz about the squad ahead of the new continental campaign.

“It’s just one of those things that brings the energy into that changing room,” she told ahead of the first leg in the Spanish capital.

“There’s a different energy when the Champions League games are played, it’s pretty special to play under the lights too and both of those games will be that.

“It doesn’t get much bigger than that and the occasion is big. I think the big players show up in big opportunities, and we have a team full of big players very excited to go after this title and confident that we can do it.

Manchester City Internationals – September 2021 - Jack Lewis - City Report

Keep tabs on your City favorites with this handy tool from City Report. What a great idea!

Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden have been left out of the Belgium and England squads, respectively, as the pair continue to step up their recovery from injuries ahead of the Premier League’s resumption in two weeks. Ironically, the pair are nursing injuries sustained during the European Championships over the summer.

Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are not expected to travel for Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to Coronavirus rules in the UK requiring quarantine upon return to the country from red-list countries. So, barring an unexpected change, City’s two Brazilian players will not be playing international football over the next two weeks.

New 1990’s-inspired Puma and Man City street soccer shirt ‘leaked’ - Joe Bray - Manchester Evening News

And finally, after the “mixed” reactions to the third kit, it looks like Puma are adiing some pretty sweet lifestyle wear to the City range.

According to FootyHeadlines, Puma are releasing a range of ‘street soccer’ shirts to recall their Puma Street Soccer game for Microsoft Windows and Playstation 1 from 1999.

City, along with AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, will apparently get a street soccer strip, with the colour scheme of the City kit revealed in the ‘leaked’ information.

The sky blue shirt will have navy blue sponsors, and a one-colour navy badge. The badge is the current, modern version, rather than any previous incarnation, however it is mentioned that the kit will be a ‘bold look inspired by the 1990s’. It’s added that the concrete designs are not known yet.

It’s also clarified that the strip will not be worn by City, but will instead be available to purchase from fans as part of a lifestyle range.

That’s all for today. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow as we get ready for World Cup qualifiers.