Manchester City's imminent addition of Stevan Jovetic will given the club an extra boost heading into the new season.
Manchester City fans may have been upset to see Roberto Mancini leave, but what has transpired over the past two months since his sacking certainly bodes well for the future.
Manuel Pellegrini has been installed as manager, and three major signings have been confirmed in Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, and Alvaro Negredo.
The news last night they had secured an agreement for Stevan Jovetic gives them a further x-factor heading into the new campaign.
Meanwhile over at rivals Manchester United, the transfer business has barely got started. Fans are fed up after missing out on Thiago Alcantara, because there were no alternatives lined up.
The Red Devils are becoming increasingly desperate, and appear to have no structured plan. At City, Txiki Begiristan and Ferran Soriano have been busy plotting for this summer all season long and the benefits are showing.
Last summer it was United who completed their deals earliest, and City who were left hanging on until deadline day, and the results showed with City's additions failing to dazzle.
Both clubs have new managers in charge, but while Manuel Pellegrini has coached stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, David Moyes can only draw on his experiences at Everton, and whichever way you spin it, playing under him is a less enticing prospect.
The feelgood factor which evaporated under Mancini, so evident in their FA Cup Final defeat to Wigan, is back while at United fans are increasingly anxious.
The Wayne Rooney saga is an unwelcome distraction for United as a whole, and how it plays out could also have a further impact on their season.
United did finish substantially clear of City last season in winning the league, and their team - the Rooney situation aside - has not diminished in quality.
The question is just whether City have increased theirs enough to supercede them. With new managers it is hard to assess the challenges ahead, the shapes of the team and the preferred personnel, so are judging on paper at this point.
The third club in the mix are Chelsea, who are yet to make a major play in the transfer market this summer, just the modest addition of Marco van Ginkel.
It is expected they will sign a big name striker, and are currently in a stand-off with United over the Rooney situation. Until they do it is tricky to assess their title chances, unclear over whether they have really improved their side on last season.
City certainly have, and at present if we had to pick a winner for the 2013/14 season, they look a more savvy bet.
Do you agree? Does City's transfer business make them favourites?
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