More than one Manchester club have been reenforcing their midfield in recent days, and it is possible that Manchester City's purchase of Brazilian central midfielder Fernando from Porto could invigorate the transfer ambitions of Premier League rivals.
The Brazilian joins an already packed central midfield area at the Etihad, where competition for places may get a little out of hand. As a long term target that has cost £12 million, it wouldn't surprise anyone if the former Porto man finds himself some way up that list, even though City aren't afraid to invest such money to flesh out their squad.
Last season Yaya Toure and Fernandinho were the club's undisputed first choice pairing as they won the title for the second time in three years, with the likes of David Silva operating from wide or advanced positions when he was available.
Javi Garcia tended to come into the side to offer a defensive alternative, while James Milner could provide a more box to box threat if need be, as well as featuring from the wings. Former Everton starlet Jack Rodwell barely played, making just 10 appearances, often due to injury problems.
Fernando's arrival will likely mean that at least one of these backup players will be allowed to move on, and reports earlier in the summer saw Milner discussing the prospect of departing a club where he has a stronger trophy chance, in order to earn more minutes.
Arsenal were the side most credited with an interest in the versatile England international, while Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton were all mentioned as options too.
It is even more important for Rodwell to consider a move, as injury problems have deprived him of the limited appearances he would have probably had from the bench for the Champions. It has meant just 25 games in 2 years for the 23-year-old, and he surely needs to move to a club where he can play every week and develop his match fitness and injury resilience. A loan move could yet be an option for the youngster, with the likes of former club Everton and West Brom mentioned in the past.
Both these English players may become slightly more accessible targets for the other Premier League clubs, particularly those that are interested in adding homegrown players.
Do you think Manchester City will let Milner or anyone else go after Fernando's arrival?