The joy of selective quoting. City Chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak is quoted on the official club website as saying that the club will look for another "four to six" players in addition to Gareth Barry. So just about every headline you read this morning talks about how City are bringing in six more signings and in some cases this is six more big signings. Er... No.
The club may, repeat, may, bring in up to six new signings as that is the target, repeat target. I seriously doubt if the club will bring in six major signings between now and the end of the transfer window for one very simple reason. The club doesn't need that.
Realistically Man City need a powerful central forward, a goal scoring support striker, a star central defender, a quality squad member central defender and an experienced back up goalkeeper. I don't expect the team to sign all of that, although it would be nice, but I do expect a good youngster or two to also be added to the mix for the future.
Yesterday, the league, and in fact the country, was filled with interesting news. Celtic announced that Tony Mowbray was their new manager. This is a bold career move that could see Mowbray ultimately return to the Premier League with a much higher profile opportunity. If Celtic can play Mowbray's attacking style and be successful in Europe then that will allow an Everton, Aston Villa or Spurs to take a chance on him when their manager positions become available. I don't expect that to be for a couple of years; when O'Neill takes over the England job and Moyes takes over at Real Madrid's feeder club.
I've been waiting all summer for Arsenal to be linked with a realistic defensive midfield candidate. Marseille's captain Lorik Cana was my bet to be the choice but we are now hearing rumours that Fiorentina's Felipe Melo may be the man. Unusually for a Brazilian, Melo is a very rugged presence and would be perfect for the Gunners.
Spurs are being linked with Real Madrid's surplus in Dutch players in exactly the manner I suggested for City. I'd consider it very fine business, and typical of Harry Redknapp, if they could pull off such a coup. Tottenham are the team that worry me, more so than Everton and Villa this year. They have a tremendous amount of talent in their squad and if Redknapp can work his magic I'd make them the favourites to challenge for a Champions League spot rather than City.