However, it doesn't look like the Brazil worldwide will be going anywhere before next week's deadline after Antonio Conte's departure prompted the arrival of former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
One question for City fans is how manager Pep Guardiola will deploy Riyad Mahrez - the only significant addition to their already-impressive list of forward options during the summer transfer window. "We are going to start to think what we have do to this season to maintain the level of last season".
"In terms of results, in the Premier League I can not overcome the results, the numbers of last season, but in the way we play, yes", he said.
Whether that means, De Bruyne, Sterling, John Stones, Vincent Kompany and the others will have done enough training to face Arsenal in the opening Premier League game of the season on Sunday 12th August remains to be seen. I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names, ' Sarri told reporters.
"I think it will be a good game, always Chelsea is a big rival".
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"The way we play is we attack forward, we defend high, we try to get the ball from them and then play our football".
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.
Sarri says he is yet to make up his mind about Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, and the midfielder could push for another loan move overseas if he is not in the Italian's plans. Winning was an opportunity to send a signal to the rest of the Premier League.
Sarri said he was confident that Brazil playmaker Willian would remain at the club but was less sure over the future of Courtois.
"It was a very positive conversation and I am very happy about it".
"We asked for a work permit because we believe he can play with us, otherwise we would not ask them".