The summer transfer window can be a peculiar, delicate ecosystem.
One move from one club or player can spark a flurry of activity, and while the 2013 summer striking merry-go-round was already in full flow, Jose Mourinho's admission that Chelsea want Wayne Rooney, via the BBC, has sent everything into hyperbolic overdrive.
It's the sort of blockbuster move that can spark several more, so let's follow the prospective chain a little and see what could happen if Rooney makes the move to London.
Rooney to Chelsea?
By now, we know Rooney is not happy at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed to ESPN that the player handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, and the BBC suggest the Blues have had their first bid knocked back.
The fact that Chelsea want Rooney, and that Stamford Bridge appears one of few viable landing spots for a guy whose wages dictate very few options outside of Manchester, could lead to the sort of transfer that sparks a melee of movement.
With another uncomfortable summer in the Rooney camp, some will have expected City to emerge as contenders for his signature once more. But Chelsea are at the front of the queue, and Manuel Pellegrini has just signed Alvaro Negredo, according to the BBC.
Zlatan vs. Cavani?
While signing Negredo is a start, City fans should not be comfortable heading into the 2013-14 season with just Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and their new Spaniard on the books.
They'll be expected to win back the title, and this isn't a 5-star forward line. If they look for another recruit in this area—and they should—they need to recruit a proven, elite player.
Four strikers should do the trick given Aguero's ability to play a little deeper, and Pellegrini should feel confident he can keep four happier than Roberto Mancini did.
They don't grow on trees, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic could become an option.
Paris Saint-Germain have just signed Edinson Cavani for an incredible €63 million, officially announcing the Uruguayan as their main man up front.
Ibrahimovic has a history of falling out with competition and leaving, and having taken in seven different clubs, he probably wouldn't be averse to an eighth.
The Express believe Chelsea had been looking into Ibrahimovic's situation, but have now settled on "Rooney or bust."
Ibra to City?
No transfer regarding Ibrahimovic is easy, and despite Chelsea dropping out of the running, City face stiff competition for his signature if The Express are to be believed.
Ibra could well follow his former manager Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, and with doubts swirling over Gonzalo Higuain's future at the Santiago Bernabeu, the link makes a lot of sense.
City have the financial muscle and wage structure to accommodate a star such as Ibrahimovic, and he could bring the "x-factor" that's been missing since Mario Balotelli departed.
With Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi—former teammates at Napoli—in place at PSG, Laurent Blanc would be wise to build the team around that combination.
That brings merit to the suggestion that Ibrahimovic will want to move on, and City could be a perfect landing spot for him.