Manchester City might finally be ready to buck the conventional wisdom regarding the summer transfer market and make something happen.
My own malaise about the myriad fabrications and half-truths of another endless summer was well-stated by Chris Ryan on his Grantland blog.
"This summer's European football transfer window has featured the usual telephone whispers and hysterical about-faces that one can expect from a three-month spectacle fueled by secrets, lies, roughly translated radio interviews, and unimaginable amounts of money," wrote Ryan.
Ryan also accurately summed the whole process up by noting that all of these developments are, um, organic fertilizer until they actually take place.
City came firing out of the chute with the Fernandinho and Jesus Navas signings, but since then, they have seemed to shut it down.
The club bowed out of the Edinson Cavani sweepstakes early. Granted, the Citizens were still linked to plenty of other big names, but with nothing actually happening, all those names sort of get lost.
That is, perhaps, until now.