Manchester City are ready to break the British record for summer transfer spending.
City spent £60m last week when they confirmed deals for Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure and David Silva, and they plan to conclude another £42m worth of business with Lazio's Aleksandar Kolarov and Aston Villa's James Milner over the next few days.
They are significant steps in what will be the biggest spending spree under taken by a British club in one summer, dwarfing the £120m they spent last year.
City are undertaking a recruitment drive that will stand them in good stead for at least the next five years, sourcing talent for every position and at different tiers from youth level to first team.
The Daily Mail says club officials held talks about their plans on Friday and many of the City players who return for pre-season training at Carrington today will, with some justification, be questioning where they fit in. A spending programme of such a scale, in today's financial climate, still needs to be balanced.