Roberto Mancini expects Manchester City to lodge a £35million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero in the next few days despite Carlos Tevez's exit dragging on.
After City's 2-1 friendly win over the Vancouver Whitecaps the post-match discussion turned to Tevez's on-off move to Brazilian outfit Corinthians, who earlier in the day denied having a £40million bid accepted for the 27-year-old.
“The clubs are talking. They only have one number and it does not work at the moment,” Mancini said.
Clearly though, he is planning for life without his skipper, having confirmed a bid is expected to be lodged for Aguero (pictured) “maybe in the next days”.
Midfielder Gareth Barry admitted there has been some dressing room discussion about Tevez.
“There has obviously been the odd chat about Carlos,” he said.
“He has made it clear he is ready to leave and the players will respect his decision.
“It is down to the club to decide what fee they want for Carlos.
“We would be sad to lose him because he is a class player who has worked really hard for the club. If you believe what you read, then yes, he has played his last game.
“But he has been great for Manchester City. He has helped the club win its first trophy and he has always given 100%.”
And, such is the nature of City these days, the loss of one top player heralds the arrival of another.
“Aguero is a class act. Names like that will excite fans and the players,” said Barry.
Last night it was new striker John Guidetti who equalised for City before Shaun Wright-Phillips slammed home a winner.
“John is a typical English striker, even though he is Swedish. He has a good technique. He wants to improve,” Barry said.
Meanwhile Mancini played down injury fears surrounding Yaya Toure who had to be helped from the pitch after turning an ankle late in the first half.
The injury initially looked serious, but Mancini insisted that the damage was not too bad.