Now attention has been grabbed by Steve Bates from Mirror Football who brings the latest news on a possible mounting transfer battle to wide eyed punters in the bar.
The journalist reports that Manchester City will rival Manchester United for highly rated Benfica centre back Ezequiel Garay when the January transfer window opens in the New Year.
The classy Argentine defender has long been linked with a big money switch to the Premier League and now both Manchester clubs are set to turn this interest into firm offers for the Portuguese-based player.
Manuel Pellegrini has recently sent his scouts to keep an eye on the 27-year-old as he looks to find an answer to his defensive problems at the Etihad Stadium club.
City were once again left embarrassed following another defeat up at Sunderland as they missed the chance to close the gap on their Premier League rivals.
Garay could be made available by Benfica with only 18 months left on his current deal at the other Stadium of Light as they look to cash in with Premier League suitors lining up.
Newly appointed United boss David Moyes could yet offer competition to City for Garay with his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson a strong admirer of the physical former Real Madrid defender.
With Garay linked to United seemingly every window, is it City who he will end up moving to? Let us know your thoughts below.
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