The time is nearly upon us to feast on a new season of Premier League football and 17 other teams will be attempting to dethrone Manchester City as champions.
Reports have emerged this past week that Manchester City are preparing to offer captain Vincent Kompany a new six year contract worth somewhere in the region of £60m and would effectively see the Belgium international finish his career at the club.
Manchester City ended their pre-season tour of the United States with a loss to Liverpool on penalties after the game ended 2-2.
In 2013-14, Manchester City eventually saw off a determined challenge by Liverpool to claim their second Premiership crown. The winning margin of two points shows just how tight the battle was right up until the very last whistle but next season, there could be more teams involved as the games go down to the wire and the race for the title should be closer than ever before.
The wheels on the rumour mill are gradually starting to churn into action and with the World Cup now over there is plenty of time for journalists to create stories that will set tongues wagging.
We are nearing the end of the World Cup and by the time one team has lifted the famous trophy on Sunday night it will be just over a month until the start of the new Premier League season.
It was a strange season for Alvaro Negredo. The first half of campaign was excellent as he linked up with Segio Aguero to form what many believed one of the best strike partnerships in European football.
Hot on the heels of this past week's signing of Fernando Manchester City are at it again, this time adding Argentine youngster Bruno Zuculini to the ranks.