One deal which grabbed headlines and broke the British transfer record at the same time was last summer’s £100m swoop for Jack Grealish.
Throughout his debut season at the Etihad Stadium, the England international scored three goals and provided three assists in 26 league appearances.
Despite his sporadic goal contributions, Grealish ended the campaign with only Kevin De Bruyne (139) and Bernardo Silva (127) recording more shot-creating actions than him (110) among the Premier League champions’ squad.
This shows just how much of a danger the former Villa star can pose and why he will likely be seen as an important figure for Pep Guardiola’s side this season following the departures of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
With the end of the current summer transfer window in sight, the next three weeks could not only see City strengthen one area of their squad which needs some extra depth, but also give Guardiola the chance to form a significant partnership with Grealish.
Having seen Oleksandr Zinchenko moving to Arsenal and reported target Marc Cucurella join Chelsea in this summer, one left-back who has been talked about with a move to City is Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo.
In 248 appearances for the Lisbon club, which has produced players such as current Etihad trio Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Ederson, the full-back has scored 19 goals and provided 51 assists in the process.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why journalist Rafael Brayan claimed that it is “incredible” that the defender is still a Benfica player for the time being.
Taking into account his clear attacking talent, having a player like him behind Grealish – who had more touches (41) in the attacking third during City’s 2-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday – would surely create a formidable attacking pairing for the Citizens.
With a reported price tag of €20m (£16.8m), securing a deal for Grimaldo would be an ideal way for the Premier League champions to top off their summer transfer window and ensure that they have enough depth in the squad to be successful in all competitions this season.