But the shadow of Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Leroy Sane, and the player’s refusal to commit his future to the Blues, has taken some of the shine off a great summer.
The Blues made it plain at the start of the window that their priorities were a centre back to replace the departing Vincent Kompany and a holding midfielder to compete with, and ultimately replace, the brilliant Fernandinho.
They were forced to depart from that script when it became apparent that Benjamin Mendy would miss the start of the season as he fought back from a knee injury.
That led to the unexpected arrival of Angelino as City triggered their buy-back clause to take him from PSV Eindhoven.
And that’s a wrap
Hope that covers all the main topics, but keep tuned in to us, and you won’t miss any developments
Mcebisi Deyi asks
Is it true that Sane told players he wants to leave?
Stu says: I have heard nothing along those lines. But there does seem to be greater uncertainty about him now than there was three weeks ago. The whispers then were that he was likely to stay and was simply trying to get the best deal he could. Now no-one is giving such reassurances. Again it could be just negotiation tactics, but I increasingly feel he may well depart in the coming weeks – don;t forget, Bayern have until September 2 to buy him.
Who is the new guy we signed?
Stu says: He’s pretty good. Here’s my piece on why City signed him and let Danilo go the other way
Will Fernandinho play just as much as Rodri? Will Pep rotate or just start Rodri most the season do you think
Stu says: The way I understand it is that right now Rodri is the starting defensive midfielder, and the fact Fernandinho has only just returned to training, and had an injury at Copa America, underlines that. But Ferna will also play there, as well as centre back
Are we done stu do you think?
Stu says: I hate to be a killjoy, but I reckon so. Other than a few minor outs and academy ins, I can;t see any major business done. But screengrab this answer, because things can change very quickly in football, and it won’t be the first time that a quick acceleration of events made me look a complete balloon!
Why didn’t City just pay the extra cash for Harry Maguire?
Stu says: The club has a strict modus operandi now, to ensure they stay within their budget. That budget is planned three or four years in advance, so any decisions taken now take that into account. The Blues had their own valuation of Maguire, far short of Leicester’s, and of what United paid for him. They can afford to walk away from such deals now, whereas in the past they were desperate – and other clubs knew it.
For more on this, and how City’s transfer strategy works, click here
Centre back rumours
Are City really still wanting to sign a senior CB at the 11th hour as rumoured? I thought, especially after his performance in the CC, Nico would be happy to stay with Vinny gone. Does it mean he wants out…or City don’t think he’s good enough?
Stu says: The noise around Otamendi wanting out has quietened considerably, so I doubt he will go now, especially as he has a great chance of playing at the start of the season. He’s still contracted, of course, so the club won’t let him leave if it would leave them short. I’ve heard nothing about any other CB targets, and it’s hard to see where they might pick up a suitable Kompany replacement at the moment. The club rates Garcia and young Harwood-Bellis, and so does Pep.
What’s Angelino for?
Damien Colton asks of Angelino
Do you think hes one we will mainly see for not only 3rd/4th choice but for cup competitions if we have another long run like last season.
Stu says: I’m sure he’ll get a look-in for the cup competitions but he has a long way to go before he challenges Zinchenko at the moment. And when Mendy comes back, the Spaniard will have to seriously up his game to stand any chance. But he knew all this when he agreed to return, so you cannot fault his ambition and determination.
Phil the love
Billy Sausage asks
Chances of Foden getting more game time?
Stu says: That’s the general idea! With the countdown on to Silva leaving, the plan is to gradually step up Foden’s involvement. But that is never a given with Guardiola, and Foden knows he will have to scrap for every minute he gets.
It won’t get any easier for him – Ilkay Gundogan also has one eye on Silva’s place in the team, and Bernardo Silva is also earmarked as the natural successor. But the season is long, and Foden – as long as he maintains and improves his standard – will play more minutes, almost certainly
Sane out, Sancho in
Andy Pearson asks
Should Sane go, do you see the possibility of going back in for Sancho in the future? Or have the club completely closed the door on him?
Stu says: I doubt it, but never say never in football. There was definitely bad blood between Sancho and Pep when the lad left – he was unhappy about not being in the tour squad, and stayed away from training. One thing Pep will not have is disruption and moody faces.
That seems to be part of the problem with Sane as well. But time heals, and Sancho is maturing, just as Sterling did, so rule nothing out for future transfer windows.
Manajid Mohammad asks
Can u please update us on cancelo and wat role angelino would be playin now we we hav the Portuguese left back and about sane please i hope he ain’t leavin now
Stu says: Cancelo was at the training ground yesterday, presumably for his medical and the grand tour, and has been back there again today. But it seems there will be no public revelation today – recently City have given the fans chance to meet and greet new signings, but no sign of that happening. The delay might be because Juventus want to announce Danilo, who has gone the other way, at the same time. But Cancelo is signed and sealed, for sure.
As for Angelino, he was brought in as cover when it became plain Mendy would not be ready for the start of the season. Zinchenko is the undoibted number one, and Mendy will have to de-throne him to get his place back. Angelino looked wobbly in pre-season, so he has work to do if he doesn’t want to end up as third choice
Stephen Porter asks
Slightly off piste but is there anymore news regarding the next phase of the Etihad expansion
Stu says: Slightly piste off about this question, as I’ve done no homework on it! But the scheme to expand is very much at the conceptual phase, as far as I am aware. Fans were consulted recently, and the club already has outline planning permission, but I have heard nothing about concrete (pun intended) plans to go ahead.
Are the kids alright?
Looking at the current squad, and adding Cancelo – who do you see featuring this season from the EDS? Garcia maybe? Any others?
Garcia is earmarked as fourth centre back, if you don’t include Fernandinho. But young Taylor Harwood-Bellis is close behind him now, even if he still has some growing to do.
For those not sure about young Taylor, he’s a Stockport lad. I did a profile on him recently which is here
Kids like Adria Bernabe and Ian Poveda also did themselves a favour on tour – Bernabe’s pass to David Silva for the goal against West Ham was a highlight of the summer.
Elephant in the room
Billy Mcfc Owen asks
Will we sign a centre half or is Pep happy with Stones Otamendi Laporte Garcia and maybe Fernandinho back up ?
and Maurice Kilbride adds
Any likelihood of a centre half coming in last minute? as this is the one area I feel we are light going into the new season
Stuart replies: No chance of a new centre back coming in now, unless an unusual opportunity drops up in the next 24 hours. City usually have a Plan B and C, but they wanted Maguire or no-one in this window. They are at the point where they don’t need to spend for the sake of it.
They appear comfortable with Stones, Laporte, and Otamendi, while Fernandinho said at the weekend he has already been told he will play centre back more now that Rodri is here. With Eric Garcia as fourth CB, and 18-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis included in the squad for Wembley, there is no sense of desperation.
Inevitable first question!
Naivedhya Khatri and Chris Vano, plus a few others, all ask
Just an update on sane please mate. If he goes will we get a replacement in?
In terms of the injury, City letting nothing out – they are usually cagey on such matters, with Pep wanting control over outgoing information, so it may be Friday before we get anything – unless we find out in the meantime, of course!
As far as Bayern go, nothing has really changed from last week. City have set out their position very strongly – they want Sane to stay and sign a lucrative new deal, and if he tells them he wants to leave, they want £135-145million for him.
Sane’s camp is saying little, so ut may be that he is just waiting to see how the season starts before making a decision. Of course, the German window doesn’t close until September 2, so this could run and run!
Welcome to the Q and A
Q and A always sounds like it should be a museum, or a down-market gents’ outfitters to me, but there we go.
City have had a hit-and-miss window so far, with Rodri (below) solving the most pressing issue, one the Blues have tried to tackle for nearly two years now, and the swap deal for Cancelo may also improve the Blues defensively.
But missing out on Harry Maguire may just leave them short in the centre back positions, and Bayern Munich continue to cast a long shadow over Leroy Sane. So where are we up to?