Exactly. And it's like people don't pay attention to how City do business. They're not exactly cagey or secretive. We knew about their interest in Gvardiol months ago and here they are making tangible inroads to sign him. The same was true of the Haaland and Grealish transfers. City don't dither and play games in the market. If Rice wanted to be a City player, everyone would know and the deal would be done.
The fact that Gundogan's contract was running out, and there quite literally isn't a better replacement (and potential upgrade) in world football than Bellingham, and Man City didn't even put on their gloves let alone step into the ring for him, is a perfect example of their style of doing business.