Wherever you look, be it the back pages of newspapers or in sports editorials, we are surrounded by various news of transfers, rumors and downright craziness. However, the one thing we haven't seen as of yet is a Manchester City purchase.
Having being endlessly linked with a move for Arsenal's wantaway striker Robin van Persie, and recently expected (Daily Mail) to make a move for Liverpool's Daniel Agger, among others, the Manchester outfit have done everything but make moves.
City's biggest rivals have added to their ranks, with Chelsea (Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Oscar) and Arsenal (Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Oliver Giroud) being the biggest spenders, and manager Roberto Mancini has voiced his frustration over the lack of movement in the transfer window, saying: "I am not happy, but I won't say anything at the moment."
The Italian then suggested that questions be leveled at City's sporting director Brian Marwood (Daily Mail):
I am not the sporting director. I can't say anything about the players. You should talk to Brian Marwood for this, not me. Talk to Marwood please. After three months or four months, I don't know what to say about this situation.
The big worry for City heading into the season is really the depth of their squad. They have a first team that rivals and would probably be better than most in the country, but the deeper we go into the squad, the greater the deficits.
The current situation at Manchester City will not be the first time managers have clashed with sporting directors. Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid famously clashed with Jorge Valdano, resulting in the firing of the latter. And at Liverpool, Rafael Benitez struggled under the influence of Kenny Dalglish, ending in his sacking.
The situation at Manchester City is unlikely to get to this, but it is certainly worrying times at the moment for fans as well as the manager.