Manchester United have confirmed two more summer signings in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, in addition to Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay and it appears they are finally strengthening in the right areas and most importantly, they have acted quickly.
Now they have a full pre-season to embed into the squad and for the manager to employ his desired tactics and systems ready for what many believe will be the most competitive Premier League to date.
On the other side of Manchester it has been the opposite. Players such as De Bruyne, Pogba, Benzema, Higuain and Otamendi have been linked for months but so far no confirmed transfer have been completed aside from the deal for Sterling.
The cheque book has been declared open by the Sheikh and City have been given the green light following discussions with UEFA over FFP; you would think this would give them the urgency and impetus to get their transfers settled early on.
The frustration for City fans is it appears to be a repeat of three summers ago where City were complacent in the transfer market and ended up panic buying to try and save face.
While they should have been parading marquee signings such as Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez they instead try to justify the signings of Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell (all of whom have now left the club).
At the time Brian Marwood was subject to a lot of criticism by City fans for failing to tie up the transfers and was quickly re-positioned within the club. Three years later and City are in danger of history repeating itself.
From a City fans' perspective it is fantastic to be even linked to the elite superstars of world football considering 10 years ago Corradi and Samaras were leading the line in an unimaginative Stuart Pearce side, but if they want to continue to progress or even compete they need to mirror how the red side of Manchester is acting in the transfer market; identify the target and sign them post haste.
If they don't it could be another disappointing campaign for Kompany and Co.
Have Manchester City already missed a trick in the transfer market?
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