There are some very strong hints that another big transfer will be concluded quickly in January as Manchester City further move to bolster their already impressive squad.
Like many cash poor continental teams, Benfica simply cannot hold City back and are hoping for a fee in excess of £20 million for David Luiz, a player they would prefer to keep.
The young Brazilian himself is keen to move now rather than in the summer so that he can be fully acclimatised ahead of next season's seemingly inevitable debut season for City in the Champions League. Luiz also has a chance to be part of the first team since '76 to win something for the Blue half of Manchester.
As the City hierarchy are keen to paint a picture for transfer targets that players are going to join the Blues to make history and not follow in its footsteps.
So if the whispers are accurate, then the 23-year-old Luiz could be joining Edin Dzeko in a hugely impressive Manchester City squad.
It is a squad that may well be the best in world football by the time the transfer window closes at the end of January.
The expected new faces will mean that some serious pruning of City's squad will take place with Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright Phillips, Roque Santa Cruz and perhaps even Emanuel Adebayor all on their way out.
The City board hope to recoup at least £25 million in fees and will most likely not let any player go too cheaply.