The January transfer window has closed and clubs can no longer sign players under contract until the summer.
However, players who are currently free agents can still be snapped up, and there’s a plethora of talent still available in the market.
Manchester United didn’t add to their squad in the January window, but did allow the likes of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek to leave on loan.
City meanwhile signed River Plate striker Julian Alvarez, but the Argentine won’t join Pep Guardiola’s side until the summer at the earliest. They also sold Ferran Torres to Barcelona and sanctioned a number of loans and transfers away from the Etihad.
Both squads look in good shape going into the second half of the season, but there is still quality in the market for the Manchester clubs to look at.
Here, we name four players who are still unattached and available to signed on free transfers this winter.
Perhaps the biggest name currently available on a free transfer, Costa is an experienced striker who is no stranger to English football after spending four seasons at Chelsea.
The Spain international’s contract with former club Atletico Mineiro was terminated earlier in January, but at 33 he will still harbour aspirations of playing at the highest level.
City are currently without a centre-forward and a short term deal until the summer might give Guardiola’s side a different option going into the business end of the season, though it’s unlikely to happen.
Yotun can operate as a left-back, left-winger and in defensive midfield and, despite limited experience in European football, has won more than 100 caps for his native Peru.
The 31-year-old has mainly played in South America, but has also won titles in Sweden and Mexico.
Due to his versatility he could be a smart addition for someone.
Fotana is a promising central midfielder who can also play on both wings.
The 22-year-old American has spent his fledgling career thus far in the MLS, and has been without a club since leaving Philadelphia Union earlier in January.
A deal until the end of the season to add cover could be a shrewd move for United, considering their lack of depth in central midfield.
Bueno usually operates just behind the striker, but can also play on the left wing.
The 27-year-old has mainly played in South America, but does possess experience of playing in Europe after a brief stint with Dynamo Kyiv.
A free agent since leaving Sao Paolo earlier in the transfer window, Bueno could provide cover for both United and City in attacking positions until the end of the season.