Mancini eyes quick Nasri deal

Man City manager believes deal could be done soon

Nasri: Mancini is still confident of completing a move for the Arsenal midfielder

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has declared that he is optimistic about tying up a deal for Arsenal's Samir Nasri in the near future.

The French midfielder's proposed switch to the Etihad Stadium was cast into doubt on Saturday when reports surfaced that talks had broken down.

Arsene Wenger then stated after selecting Nasri for the game against Liverpool on Saturday that an agreement was still a long way off.

Mancini is much more confident that a move will go ahead and has indicated there could even be developments by Monday.

"I hope we can have the player in the next days," he told Sky Sports after City's 3-2 victory over Bolton on Sunday.

Departures

Asked if it could be done in the next 24 hours, Mancini replied: "Maybe.

"I don't know what's the problem. I hope this week we can have Nasri, but don't know when. We have 10 days to the end (of the transfer window)."

Mancini added that he would still not consider his transfer business complete for the summer if Nasri does sign.

Questioned on whether the Frenchman would be the last one in, he answered: "I hope not."

Mancini also admitted that there would probably be some departures from City before the end of the month, saying: "I am sure we need to sell some players if we want to complete our team."