Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted James Milner could complete his protracted move to Manchester City this weekend.
The England midfielder did not feature as Villa drew 0-0 in their pre-season friendly against Valencia on Friday night.
And O'Neill revealed he had left the former Leeds United and Newcastle man on the sidelines due to ongoing progress in City's long-running pursuit.
"We didn't play him primarily because there could be something happening in terms of the transfer," O'Neill said.
"I thought it would be the best thing to do not to play him in case something develops over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday.
"I think there's been fresh contact. I couldn't tell you whether there's been a renewed offer.
"I think there is something in that there now, yes (getting it concluded quickly). I agree.
"I think that's for everyone's benefit really, it's probably time to get something done if it's at all possible.
"And I think that was the aim anyway when the teams were talking.
"But I'm unable to furnish you with further details at this moment."
Villa rejected a £20million bid from City for Milner in May and put a £30million price tag on the versatile midfielder.
O'Neill appears keen for the negotiations to come to a conclusion, despite again losing one of the club's better players to City following Gareth Barry's move last summer.
O'Neill added: "I think losing your best players at the football club would obviously cause you a headache.
"That's a problem, it's a problem because you're trying to build something and something like this happens.
"It happened obviously two seasons ago with Gareth - a few seasons ago now - the two years ago when it didn't get resolved and I'm not so sure anyone wants to go down that route again."