Last summer was far from satisfactory for Roberto Mancini, who kicked up a big fuss at not being able to spend big, and when funds were released late on, they were spent in an almost scattergun approach.
Of the players signed in the late August spree, only Majita Nastasic can be considered a qualified success.
Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell have not impacted the team, the former Everton man has looked bright when fit, but that has become a rarity. Maicon has failed to have an impact, while the jury remains out on Javi Garcia.
City's issues last summer were compounded by players like Adebayor and Santa Cruz eating up their wage bill. Adebayor has since been moved on thankfully, while Santa Cruz's contract finally ends this summer.
The big news came in January when City offloaded Mario Balotelli, effectively freeing up both funds, wages, and squad space for a big name striker.
Essentially City can make their move this summer early on without having to worry about selling first, they have got it out the way already, wisely.
The effect of rivals United buying a big name striker to re-ignite their title charge worked wonders last summer, and that won't have been missed by Mancini and the City hierarchy.
United have even been linked with buying Falcao in such a similar circumstance, even as a spoiler to keep the pressure on their rivals.
What City need to do is make the first move, and we expect them to strike first. Plans are already being formulated, with Txiki Bigiristan possibly directing traffic.
Edinson Cavani is one big name linked, with City one of the few clubs who could afford the Napoli striker.
Just don't expect City to leave it and rest on their laurels like last summer, they will be the most aggressive team in the market when the season comes to a close, and try to get the majority of their business done in time for pre-season.
That includes shipping out under-performers as well as buying players who could become the cornerstones of their future success. It promises to be a very interesting summer at the Etihad.
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