Prior to this transfer window, Mancini made clear that City cannot sell any players, due to injury problem and the African Cup of nations, as Toure brothers will be missing dearly. On the buying side, City's coaching staffs had separate views. After David Platt made comment on unlikeliness of signing player during this transfer window, 48 hours later, Mancini hinted that they might be a signing after all. De Rossi was linked to move to Eastland,as he was rumoured to be falling out with Zeman. There was also a rumour of Wilfried Zaha coming to City but nothing seemed to be capitalized in the end.
Today's paper is suggesting that Balotelli faith will be decided in this week as Guardian hinting on resuming of potential transfer talk to AC Milan, with possible loan move in consideration. If he moves, it will trigger a lot of rumours on signing replacement for Balotelli and it will make a lot of journalists busy guessing who Mancini going to sign next.
Michael Johnson's terrible status was revealed last week and his contract was terminated in immediate effect. Dubbed as City's next Colin Bell, his playing day looked promising from scoring the derby winner in august 2007 but his constant injury stopped him to become what he could have been. Hopefully he will regain his fitness and return to the football scene in near future.