While the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mandy and Danilo for the full-back role and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson shows manager Pep Guardiola recognised the need to shore up his back-line, the Spaniard's attacking philosophy is unlikely to change.
Arsenal will kick-off the new Premier League campaign on Friday when they host Leicester City at the Emirates.
"Six players were out of contract".
"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible". I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.
West Brom ought to be fine - Tony Pulis is like a great mechanic; he can get a second-hand old banger to finish a race - while Burnley know the ropes and I expect Southampton to be mid-table.
"In the next three or four years City will buy one, two, maybe three players". The Premier League is much deeper, standard wise, than the Bundesliga and La Liga versions, where his Bayern Munich and Barcelona teams won League titles with consummate ease....here, in England, teams floating around mid and low reaches of the table have a nasty ability to bite and take points off the "big boys" when least expected - and that hurt City previous year, dropping points at Middlesbrough, Southampton, Leicester amongst others.
And that leads us to the red half of Merseyside, where Liverpool find themselves in a similar boat to Arsenal.
Having been promoted as runners-up in the Championship last season, Albion are among many pundits picks to be relegated.
After spending millions in the window, will the likes of Man United and Man City display nearly flawless football, or will they fail to meet their silverware aspirations this season?
Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad
Biggest transfer dud: We've got a amusing feeling that Alvaro Morata won't gel particularly well at Chelsea, but let's be honest - this one has Wayne "Prodigal Son" Rooney's name all over it.
He will not be intimidated by the Premier League big guns and has already broken the club's transfer record three times in the close-season in a £35 million spree on Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie.
"Everything went more expensive".
And, if you're so bleeding clever, why don't you ply us with a few of your own predictions for 2017/18.
"Many people ask me what I think".
"Mistakes will happen and we'll be up against teams this season who are better teams than us and have better players than us".
New signing Pascal Gross created an unrivalled 98 chances in the Bundesliga last season, although he ended with just four assists as Ingolstadt were relegated.
"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season and we will try to do our best".
The midfielder scored the goal at Wembley that took Hull City into English football's top flight. The pressure it's never a big problem.