They may not have dominated the back pages as we in the Football Transfer Tavern have come to expect from them but it did not mean players were not arriving at the club.
As with everything manager Manuel Pellegrini does, their deals were efficient, quickly completed and under the radar. But they were good ones.
Another keeper came in to challenge Joe Hart, a partner worthy of Vincent Kompany was found and most vitally of all, the kitchen staff managed to buy enough cake mix to keep Yaya Toure happy for the rest of his contract.
There were, as we have come to expect, some pretty outlandish links with star names and some other links that we thought might just happen.
With that in mind, here is a potential transfer 11 Manchester City could have used to defend their title.