Don't be fooled by the headline - Manchester City's transfer dealings have been very fruitful indeed, having had an already controversial but entertaining transfer window at the Etihad perfectly highlighted by the captures of Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling.
Two young Englishman with plenty of promise and potential. Ignoring Sterling's no doubt extortionate price tag of £49million, it seems with these clever buys the Citizens look solid for a fresh title challenge.
However - all that appears to have changed. The main reason for this are the losses of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, with both the City men virtually guaranteed to be playing in the Serie A next season.
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Jovetic, 25, has gone on an 18 month loan to Inter Milan with a view to a permanent transfer and Dzeko has reportedly agreed personal terms with AS Roma over a permanent switch to the Stadio Olimpico.
Although many may argue they had little impact in the City team last year, it's still a devastating blow.
Loss of depth
Why? One word - cover. Looking back to the start of the 2013/2014 season, the Citizens had four world class strikers at their disposal with Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero all calling the Etihad home.
Fast forward to now, they only have two natural strikers at their disposable; Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony.
Whilst the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Marcos Lopes have performed very well in pre-season, the side is neither as strong or rich as the side that won the 2013/2014 Premier League title.
Solving the issue
I'd say to solve this problem, the capture of Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg would be a massive boost for the Citizens. The capture of the prolific Belgian attacker would add a whole new dynamic to City's play, mostly because Sterling would then be able to play in the previously gaping striker role, with De Bruyne replacing him on the wings.
After this transition, Pellegrini would have a replenished strike force with Iheanacho, Bony, Sterling and Aguero all to choose from. Also, if the Citizens were to play with a five man midfield the depth in quality would be ridiculous.
Samir Nasri, David Silva and De Bruyne would undoubtedly start, with Marcos Lopes and Jesus Navas to choose from as other attacking options.
To go from the lack in cover upfront left by Dzeko's and Jovetic's departures, to a team laced with strength in depth to the core, just shows the potential difference one transfer can make.
City fans, do you agree? Should Pellegrini focus his plans around getting De Bruyne this summer? Let us know in the comments box below.
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