It seemed that the whole world knew of Kevin de Bruyne's switch from the Bundesliga to Manchester City before it had even been announced. It was long speculated and confirmed that the Sky Blues mean business when it comes to regaining the Premier League title this season.
Manuel Pellegrini, it was reported, came close to losing his job at the end of last season, but he has responded to his vote of confidence since then by splashing out over £100 million on new signings.
Raheem Sterling cost £49 million and de Bruyne cost £54 million. Now, however, shocking new details have emerged of the Belgian's contract.
BECOME A WRITER
Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay3
Some fans will recognise de Bruyne from his time at Stamford Bridge, though, where Jose Mourinho started him in his first match on his return to Chelsea in 2013, only to later sell him.
Mourinho claimed de Bruyne was an "upset kid" at the time, who was "crying every day". These are remarkable quotations from the Special One and cast doubt over the strength of character and mentality of the City signing.
The Blues made a profit on the winger, but did not believe he could command a starting place at a club with title intentions.
Kevin de Bruyne's new contract is worth £170,000 per week, which puts him 9th in the Premier League for earnings! The incredible figure puts him two spots beneath fellow recruit, Raheem Sterling, who will earn £180,000 per week at Manchester City.
It is questionable whether de Bruyne deserves such a pay rise, given the company he will now keep on his wage.
Cesc Fabregas, ex-Arsenal captain, Barcelona title winner and Premier League champion with Chelsea, also makes £170,000 per week. When contrasted with what De Bruyne has achieved in the game so far, his wage seems exorbitant.
Clearly, City are gambling on the Belgian's potential, though, so it will remain to be seen whether he can justify his price tag and contract.