Manchester City has accumulated an array of high-priced talent so broad and so deep that Roberto Mancini's primary problem is determining who the 11 best players of the lot are.
The second problem is finding sufficient playing time to keep the rest happy, or at least quiet.
If you doubt that second part, consider the behavioral flare-ups from Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli thus far this season. Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have been model citizens—because they are getting most of the minutes.
So what is Manchester City doing in the transfer market, anyway?
City is seven points behind Manchester United in the Premier League table and already out of Champions League play. For a second consecutive season, all the eggs are in the Premier League basket for City.
Sergio Aguero has a torn hamstring, and Yaya Toure is playing in the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast.
So as good as City is, another big-name, high-priced acquisition could make a serious difference.
Make no mistake, the players that follow are long shots to show up at the Etihad this season. Most of them are probably not going anywhere.
But landing even one of them would be a real boost to City's title chances.