Man City are fixated on increasing their homegrown quota at any cost; whether the price is £49 million or purposefully weakening their squad, they are determined to achieve this goal.
First Raheem Sterling, then Fabian Delph and now former Fulham starlet Patrick Roberts for an undisclosed fee; none of the trio are among Europe's best and aside from Sterling, none of them look like reaching that level in the next two seasons.
That is not to say that City did not need any of them. Sterling offers pace in the final third - a commodity they are short of aside from the inconsistent Jesus Navas.
With James Milner leaving for Liverpool, Delph ensures the Citizens will not be short of numbers in the middle. Plus he has the energy and tenacity to make-up for an increasingly aging side.
Meanwhile, Roberts is an 18-year-old forward with immense talent. If Kelechi Iheanacho cannot make the step-up this season Roberts should suffice as third choice behind Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony.
Unfortunately the plaudits stop there. However necessary their signings may have been you get the feeling better and or cheaper purchases could have been made.
For Sterling at £49 million see Yannick Carrasco to Atletico Madrid from Monaco for £10.4 million.
As for Roberts, his transfer fee was undisclosed but some reports have the figure around £8-12 million. The teenager only played 17 Championship games in his debut season for Fulham. By comparison, Luciano Vietto, a 21-year-old who scored 20 goals for Villarreal left for Atletico for £13.8 million.
Moreover, as the Sterling and Delph sagas became protracted, genuine world class stars like Arda Turan, Sami Khedira, Miranda and Bastian Schweinsteiger all signed for Barcelona, Juventus, Inter and Manchester United respectively, whilst Arturo Vidal looks set to switch Turin for Munich.
Admittedly City's situation was forced upon them, but it was a case of prioritising and unless they have an ace tucked under their sleeves, Manuel Pellegrini's men look set for another last 16 disappointment in the Champions League and a poor showing in the Premier League.