Emmanuel Adebayor is set to become Manchester City's next signing - while another bid for John Terry is on the cards as an extraordinary summer at Eastlands took another dramatic twist.
As Carlos Tevez was being unveiled, Adebayor was undergoing a medical and if a work permit is granted for the Togo forward, he could be on the flight to South Africa for City's three-match tour along with a growing number of star names.
And if that was not enough, Hughes has certainly not given up on the prospect of signing Terry, even though he is currently adopting a diplomatic stance to a situation that may begin to unravel at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea attempt to discover their captain's intentions before they leave for the United States on Thursday.
"I have had fantastic respect for John Terry since I saw him as a young player when I was at Chelsea," said Hughes. "He is a great player and an outstanding captain. Any manager would covet a player like that.
"But we have to respect he plays for Chelsea."
How long for remains to be seen. However, it certainly appears Adebayor's days at Arsenal are numbered.
City officials remained silent on the prospect of a Â£25million transfer being speeded through, although Hughes, given his general reluctance to discuss possible new recruits, rather gave the game away by first confirming talks had taken place, then suggesting they were at quite an advanced stage.
"There has been discussions between ourselves and Arsenal," he said.
"It is not the right time or place to discuss it but yes, there has been contact and possibly there is a deal to be done.
"It has not been concluded as we speak. Until it happens, it is not the time or the place to talk about it."
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