While in Hong Kong as part of City’s globe-straddling preseason jaunt, Manuel Pellegrini said his squad was “not absolutely complete”, picked up by Sky Sports among others.
You could be forgiven for thinking that this, coming after the spending of around £90m on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, would herald another instalment of what has become a familiar episode of the transfer window—the big-money arrival at the Etihad Stadium.
But nothing’s happened as yet—and I sense a subtle shift in the dynamic of City’s business. The new arrivals, good players all, are not “big names” and City have, I think, dispensed with the hoopla of their expansion years when they “swooped” for Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sergio Aguero et al (to misquote the Life of Brian, "I should know, I saw a few…")
Despite the price tags, City seem intent on skilled but low-ish profile players.
So who could they yet go for?