They're already 13 points better off than Man United in the Premier League table and now Man City are set to beat them to a top transfer target.
The Citizens are plotting to get one over their local rivals by securing Porto's Brazilian-born midfielder Fernando in a deal which could also see Eliaquim Mangala move to the Etihad (Times)
A week after losing Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers could be frustrated by one of London's other Premier League clubs. The agent of Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka claims there is interest from two more English top flight teams, with one of them thought to be Arsenal (ESPN)
Despite insisting the signings of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah had concluded his January transfer activity, Chelsea's very own Pinocchio, Jose Mourinho, could yet seal a deal for Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma (A Bola)
Rafael Benitez is keen to beat Man United to the signing of Real Madrid's Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao (A Bola)
And finally, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Juventus to sign 30 year-old striker Mirko Vucinic on loan (Inside Futbol)