Sky Sports sources understand Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has moved a step closer to joining Manchester City.
City boss Roberto Mancini has made Nasri one of his top transfer targets all summer and it appears he is on the verge of landing the 24-year-old in the coming days.
Nasri's future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation for some time with the Frenchman refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was hoping to keep his fellow countryman but, with the player having less than a year to run on his contract, he has reluctantly decided to cash in rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Nasri did not feature in the opening Premier League game at Newcastle last weekend because of illness, but was the subject of abuse from some sections of the travelling support, who questioned his loyalty and labelled him greedy.
The news is a major blow for Arsenal having already seen Cesc Fabregas leave North London for Barcelona earlier this week.
If Nasri secures his switch to big-spending City he will link up with former Arsenal team-mate Gael Clichy at the Etihad Stadium.