Not for the first time in the past 20 years, Everton have signed a player (Louis Saha) from Manchester United who is struggling with fitness or form, or to keep a first team place – Norman Whiteside, Andrei Kanchelskis, Phil Neville and Tim Howard to name just four others.
Likewise, there have been Liverpool players in a similar position who have moved to Manchester City – Steve McMahon, Nigel Clough and Dieter Hamman to name just three.
I suppose if a player is leaving Manchester United or Liverpool, but wants to remain in a city in the north-west, he is more likely to move from Manchester United to Everton or Liverpool to Manchester City, rather than move to the other club in the same city.
While there have been players transferred from Liverpool to Everton, such as Gary Ablett, as well as from Everton to Liverpool, such as Abel Xavier, I cannot think of any transfer between the two Manchester clubs.
I’m trying to collate more examples.