Manchester City may be just two days removed from claiming the Premier League title in dramatic fashion, but thoughts at the Etihad are already turning to how to repeat their success next season as well as making a real challenge for the Champions League.
There is likely to be developments in a matter of days on their two leading targets this summer, Eden Hazard and Robin van Persie.
Coveted by both City and rivals Manchester United, it appeared all but certain just a few days ago that talented Lille attacking midfielder Hazard would be joining Roberto Mancini's squad. The Belgium international had said in a French TV interview that it would be blue he would be playing in next season.
However, speaking after claiming the award for Ligue 1 Player of the year, the 21-year-old has now cast fresh doubt over his future.
I am going to Manchester. The decision will be taken soon, he said, according to ESPN.
There are also likely to be imminent developments on City's longtime pursuit of Van Persie. The Premier League's Golden Boot winner is due to hold discussions with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the French boss' house on Wednesday.
It is likely that those talks will prove decisive in deciding the Dutchman's future with Van Persie wanting to get maters decided before heading off to join the Dutch international training camp ahead of Euro 2012, on Thursday.
If Van Persie does elect to move on then it would appear to be a straight fight between City and Barcelona for the 28-year-old.
And City could also go head-to-head with the Catalan giants over the transfer of Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez.
A full international for Spain, Martinez is rated as one of the best young defensive midfielders in Europe with his combination of strong tackling and no little ability on the ball. Mancini is likely to be looking for a player in that position this summer with Owen Hargreaves' contract not being renewed and David Pizarro returning to Roma after his loan spell.
Martinez has also displayed an ability to play at center-back in several games, both in La Liga and in Bibao's run to the final of the Europa League this season.
Although City remains hopeful over Van Persie, the club also has back-up options in place. Napoli's Edinson Cavani has long been admired by Mancini and could arrive this summer if the price is right. The Italian outfit have set an asking price of £31 million for the prolific Uruguayan, which is viewed as too high by City's football administrator Brian Marwood, according to the Independent.
Another alternative remains Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The mercurial Swede is is also someone that Mancini has long harbored hopes of bringing to the Etihad; only in the past couple of days saying that Ibra is a great player, but I don't think Milan want to sell him, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Reports in the past few days, however, have suggested that Ibrahimovic may be seeking a move away from Milan due to a problem with coach Massimo Allegri. Claims that have been vehemently denied by Milan.
A more versatile attacking option City could also be looking at is Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentine has a €28 million buyout clause in his contract, according to the Independent. With Napoli failing to get back into the Champions League for next season the club may well be forced to sell-off one of their prized assets in the summer.
The Independent's story also claims that Montpellier's highly-rated offensive midfielder Younes Belhanda is seen as an alternative should a deal for Hazard not be completed. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form this season to help put his club on the verge of winning Ligue 1.