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City still tracking targets

City boss hoping to land Milner and Balotelli during summer window

Mancini: Chasing new recruits

Mancini: Chasing new recruits

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits the club are still holding talks regarding moves for Mario Balotelli and James Milner.

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The Blues have been tracking the duo for much of the summer, with both becoming embroiled in long-running transfer sagas.

It was believed that a deal for Inter Milan striker Balotelli was close to completion at one stage, but that move has since stalled.

City have yet to have an offer for Aston Villa midfielder Milner accepted, having had one knocked back, but refuse to turn their attention elsewhere.

Time is running out on Mancini in his efforts to get further recruits on board before the transfer window slams shut, with business set to close at the end of August.

The Italian is, however, confident that deals for Balotelli and Milner can be put in place before that deadline passes.

Dialogue

"We have 20 days until the end of the market," he said.

"We are speaking with these players, it could be that we will have dialogue again."

Asked whether he was optimistic regarding his chances of landing the duo, Mancini simply said: "Yes."

The Blues boss also revealed that he could be forced to move some players on over the coming weeks.

A busy summer at Eastlands has seen the City ranks swell and, with new rules in place regarding squad sizes, they may need to trim their squad in order to avoid leaving some of their stars in limbo.

Mancini added: "We have to have a list of 25 players and at the moment we have 30/31 players here. It is possible that some will have to remain off the list."