Manchester City are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Thiago Neves, according to the player's representatives.
Neves has caught the eye of City boss Mark Hughes after impressing at the Olympics with Brazil.
Hughes is now believed to be preparing a move for the attacking midfielder before the close of the transfer window.
A representative for Grupo Sonda, the consortium which owns 66 per cent of Neves' registration, claims a deal be could be close.
"The chances of an agreement with Manchester City are great, but there are other teams interested," said the Grupo Sonda spokesman.
City could face a battle for Neves' signature with Atletico Madrid also in the race to sign the South American.