I think the tranfer rumours surrounding our Team are very interesting or at least thrilling in a Stephen Kingish kind of a way. We will have to endure more than one strong rumour about a player going off that are rubbished a day later.
The Parker story, for example, could be anything or everything. It could be an unfounded rumour to begin with, it could also be a sign that Zola actually has a word in this or it could be a way to crank up the price some more.
To me it doesn't make much sense and if I was a City fan I would be in shock. Parker is a good midfielder but would you buy him if you were building a Champions league side on a more or less unrestricted budget?
I will try to keep a pretty low profile this window (although I promise nothing). With the type of media coverage we have been getting lately, I would be surprised if not all of our starting XI players will be the target of several more or less unfounded rumours.
Also, several teams with problems and/or some money to spend will test our resolve in keeping our players. Again, the fact that they will table offers, hoping that they are dealing with a Club in desperate need of immediate cash, will not mean the players will be leaving.
A lot of stories will not necessarily be a sign of lots of sales.
Now, having said that, it will not be surprising if we sell a few and buy a few.
However, I don't think myself capable of picking out the credible ones of the rumour-avalanche we will be living in for the next four weeks.
I think I will have to do what most people will have to - hope, enjoy the ride and wait and see.
And I will, until proven wrong, hold on to my opinion that the squad will be no worse after the window closes.