First there was McDonald Mariga - formerly of Parma, almost of City, now, frustratingly, of Inter. He failed to get a work permit. We learnt on Wednesday that the Kenyan Prime Minister himself was involved in our attempts to get McDonald the permit on Monday. Raila Odinga said:
Clearly it would have meant an awful lot to Kenya to have one of their own playing for our very own. And so it is genuinely disappointing that it collapsed as it did. Roberto Mancini was clearly far from impressed when he discussed it earlier today:
"I would like to assure soccer fans and all Kenyans that with the British High Commissioner, I've done what I could to get Mariga into Man City," Odinga said.
"I spent a minimum of three hours on phone talking to Gordon Brown's office, the Africa Office, office of Culture and Sports, the Home office, the FA president Lord Treisman and to Mariga himself," Odinga said.
Having failed to land Mariga we swiftly returned our attentions to Real Madrid's Andrea Pirlo tribute act Fernando Gago. It was too late in the day, though, and nothing could be done. This does not quite explain, though, the reaction of Real's sporting director Jorge Valdano:
The City boss told his club's official website: "We had two or three targets but our main aim was to bring Mariga to the club.
"We couldn't see any problems so to have the panel rule against granting him a work permit is, I believe, an incredible decision.
"He is a young player and Kenya's most important footballer and considering he's played in Sweden and Italy for the past six years and with relations between Kenya and Britain strong, I just cannot understand why he had his application refused."
This is strange. Of course I know that dark arts go on in transfers, and that we have been quite prone to using them in the past. (There was clearly more to the Joleon Lescott saga than met the eye last summer.) But Valdano's criticism seems to be that we didn't talk to Gago before agreeing a fee - that is, that we did things by the book rather than taking the short-cut which might have squeezed the transfer through before 17:00 GMT on the Monday.
"They had nothing prepared, not even one document signed," Valdano told El Pais.
"They had not reached an agreement with the player and they would have had to have done everything in 40 minutes."
I can see why he might be frustrated - he was hours away from getting his hands on €18m, and now has a very disgruntled player still on his hands. But I don't see that we've done too much wrong here.
Anyway, as I've said before I'm not quite sure how glaring a gap this is. We've got some good central midfielders at the club, and some good full-backs who can play there too. Even without new additions, we should be fine for the rest of the season.