It is now being widely reported that a deal has been agreed to finally take Santa Cruz to City.
The cost of the transfer is reportedly between £15 and £18 million.
There may be a sigh of relief in Mark Hughes' office at getting his man in the end, but there is likely to be a sigh of disappointment at so much money having been spent on a relatively low profile, one season player.
Whether the Paraguayan front man can recapture the form of 2 seasons past really is unknown, and City fans familiar with the idea of top class, world renown players being linked with their club are likely to be unimpressed by the capture.
It would be very disappointing indeed if Santa Cruz were to become City's first choice marksman.
Only Mark Hughes will know how important a piece of the future City team Santa Cruz is.