For a man with access to the largest bank account in world football, Roberto Mancini has had a quiet summer in the transfer market.
Mancini will know only too well that with City’s first league title in 44 years the pressure this season will go up several notches, with his ruthless paymasters also expecting better returns from the Champions League this time round too.
But with a relatively inactive market so far this summer, largely due to international commitments by the best players at the Euros and now the Olympics in London, it seems that the time has come for the City boss to start shaking up his squad with only a few weeks to go until the new Premier League season begins.
First on the agenda is a wide man, and with Team GB now out of the Olympics following an all-too-predictable defeat on penalties last night, a move for Scott Sinclair is thought to be close.
Sinclair was on the scoresheet for Team GB recently, raising the profile of the former Chelsea winger who is so far stalling on signing a new deal at Swansea.
Liverpool had thought to be leading the way to bring the Englishman to Anfield under former Swans gaffer Brendan Rodgers, while Fulham and Aston Villa have also been linked.
Theo Walcott was another option for Mancini, but with Arsenal likely to be less-than-receptive in negotiations – understandably frustrated at City’s frequent unsettling of their star men – it seems Sinclair might prove the less problematic deal.
With Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzek now likely to stay, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero settled and in-form and Emmanuel Adebayor yet to find a way out of Manchester, Mancini is not on the hunt for strikers. Instead it is in defence where he’s also looking to improve, with Liverpool’s Daniel Agger another linked.
Liverpool will resist further offers for their Danish international, but with Agger having just two years left on his deal at Anfield they could eventually be persuaded to sell – a scenario made all the more likely given that Agger was not involved in the Reds’ recent Europa League tie in Belarus.