With the transfer window now open, Premier League champions Manchester City have opted for the quaint Austrian village of Seefeld to spend their preseason rather than the hustle and bustle of a tour of the United States or Asia.
Roberto Mancini has decided that the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the Austrian mountains would be the perfect backdrop to prepare for the new season.
With the club out of the spotlight for the time being, the majority of rumours have surrounded fringe players leaving the club rather than any marquee arrivals at the Etihad.
The biggest player who looks set to join this exodus is Ivorian defender Kolo Toure.
Toure, who lost his place in the lineup to the vastly improved Joleon Lescott, is wanted by Turkish club Bursaspor.
However, Toure is still a valued member of the squad. With centre-back Stefan Savic not quite ready, he would need to be replaced if sold.
Rumours have also surrounded the possible exits of Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, but unless the club receives astronomical offers, this seems unlikely.
That being said, if Mancini would like to take a punt on landing want-away Arsenal man Robin van Persie, the logical step would be to sell one of these two.
Personally, I would keep either Dzeko or Tevez before signing Van Persie. The four attackers currently at the club are probably collectively amongst the best—if not the best—in Europe.
The lack of activity shows that Roberto Mancini is happy with the players he has at his disposal at the moment.
This transfer window could be the quietest City has had for a good few years, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Maybe the quaint Austrian village of Seefeld was used to portray what sort of summer it will be at the Etihad—peaceful and serene.
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