Next Sunday's Community Shield match between Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City indicated the start of another English Premier League season. What this also indicates is that there is very little time left in the summer transfer window.
Manchester City has been one of the most free spending clubs in the world over the past two or three seasons, and it has paid off with trophies; City has claimed both the FA Cup and League Title in the past two seasons under Mancini.
This summer, however, Manchester City has been very quiet in the transfer market. Selling a few fringe players and somewhat surprisingly not adding any big names to the side.
While it appears as though City may begin the 2012-13 campaign with the same side that earned the Citizens their first title in 44 years, there are still a few deals lingering that Mancini could bite at before the transfer window closes.
While Mancini has recently indicated that Manchester City are unlikely to sign the Dutch international, it is still very possible for City to obtain him if they have a final-hour change of heart (per ESPN Soccernet).
Like we saw last season with the Nasri signing, Roberto Mancini is not afraid to pull of a late move to add another dimension to his side. A serious injury to anyone of his current strikers could change things dramatically.
Expect Robin Van Persie to continue to be linked with City right up until the window closes.
Daniele de Rossi has been linked with Manchester City several times since last summer. The Italian midfielder is once again being linked with the English champions.
The Daily Mail has reported that a £20 million offer was made to firm interests in de Rossi.
Mancini is keen to find another quality midfielder to fill the shoes of Yaya Toure in his (yearly) absence at the African Cup of Nations. De Rossi would be a valued asset and should be considered a must buy in my humble, yet greedy opinion.
Rumors of Scott Sinclair appeared somewhat out of nowhere over the past week. This speedy Swansea winger could be a cheap buy for the Blues, a sort of low-risk, high-reward type of transfer.
The Mirror reports that City has placed a £5 million bid on the young English player.
Sinclair certainly wouldn't see much playing time; however, he could be utilized effectively to add pace late in games and provide width to City's attack.
This 17-year-old French starlet has been in and out of the headlines throughout the summer transfer window.
His current club, Cean, has already rejected bids from Arsenal, and Manchester City appears to have interest.
Goal.com describes M'Baye Niang's playing style.
His No. 9 shirt gives some clue to his style, but the player of Senegalese ancestry is not necessarily a penalty-box striker. Instead, he works off the shoulder of the last defender, relying on his pace, power and cool head to produce his goals.
While Niang wouldn't see first-team action, he would be a great addition to the side and hopefully develop toward his potential.
I think Mancini will keep an eye on this attacker and make an offer. It will be up to Cean on weather or not he becomes a Citizen.
After having interest in Agger all summer, it appears as though City are making one last-ditch effort to bolster their defense.
Liverpool has already rejected two previous offers for this Danish defender, but it looks as though they may be finally ready to cash in.
Agger would provide some much needed depth on defense for the English Champions. With Savic's ability still in question and Kolo Toure likely to miss all of January with the African Cup of Nations, City are in need of another solid central defender. Agger would certainly fit that role.