Jos Mourinho has swiftly made three big signings at Manchester United and wants more while others are taking their time in a transfer window that has also been notable for Jamie Vardy staying at Leicester City
There are no haves and have nots within the Premier League this year more than any other year all 20 clubs have spending loot lying around in piles so the fact some have yet to dip a toe into the transfer market while others are already towelling themselves down after making a splash is a reflection of different needs and ambitions.
Jos Mourinho has always been a manager who likes to conduct his business early but his reincarnation as the saviour of Manchester United meant he was out of the blocks quicker than most. No one had any faith in Louis van Gaals philosophy by the end of his time at Old Trafford and, as not all United supporters were convinced Mourinho was the right man to reintroduce free-flowing attacking football either, some statement signings were necessary.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not have many seasons left in the tank but he represents a clever, crowd-pleasing capture. Do not be surprised if he starts to turn up his collar in the manner of Eric Cantona or takes to glowering at team-mates should the final pass be delivered with insufficient accuracy. Henrikh Mkhitaryan should provide some missing width and penetration, while the even more expensive Eric Bailly is a clear indication Mourinho is not going to persevere with Daley Blind at centre-back or hang around waiting for Phil Jones to get fit enough to prove his potential.
The ultimate statement signing, of course, would be bringing Paul Pogba back at an estimated cost approaching 100m. Mourinho did something similar at Chelsea, when he paid well over the odds for Nemanja Matic, a former Chelsea player released as part of the deal to sign David Luiz, but Pogba would be a far bigger confirmation that United now have money to burn, especially as the player did not have quite the outstanding Euro 2016 that had been predicted.
Manchester City were repeatedly linked with the French midfielder before Pep Guardiola arrived, though the new manager went in a different direction and signed Ilkay Gndogan instead. While City being deterred by the size of the fee Juventus are demanding would be a new departure, there is possibly a feeling at both Manchester clubs that the Pogba auction is getting a little silly. Around 60m for an undoubtedly talented 23-year-old would make him a record English signing and a relatively risk-free investment; anything close to 100m would be an indication that the Premier Leagues extra wealth is going to its head. Pogba is not in the Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale league yet and, while the agent Mino Raiola is brazenly telling the world clubs other than United and Real Madrid are interested, at that sort of price one doubts it.
City have also bought the forward Nolito and are in negotiations with Juventus for the defender Leonardo Bonucci, and there is a suspicion, with well over a month of the transfer window still to go, that their spending will not stop there.
It is easy to become distracted by the personalities and power-shifts in Manchester and forget that both clubs underperformed last season. Only one of them is in the Champions League and even then Guardiola will have to go through the indignity of a qualifying round first.