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Manchester City to Complete Top Notch £48m Pair Signing by Thursday: Mancini to Land Milner and Balotelli

Eastlands boss believes deals will be done just before the new season kicks off.

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Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City expect to have James Milner and Mario Balotelli on board by Thursday.

The Blues have been chasing the pair for some time, with long-running transfer sagas having dominated the summer.

It appears as though City may finally be closing on agreements for both players, though, with everything starting to fall into place.

Both Italian striker Balotelli and England midfielder Milner are due to report for international duty this week, which will delay proceedings, but deals to take them to Eastlands are close to completion.

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill hinted on Friday that Milner was on his way out of the club, while Inter have never tried to stand in the way of Balotelli leaving once he made it clear he wanted out.

All in all, Mancini looks set to take his exorbitant summer spending spree to another level by the time City kick-off the new Premier League season with an away date at Tottenham next weekend.

“We are close with both players but now they are going with their national teams,” said Mancini after a 2-0 friendly win over Valencia on Saturday.

“We hope that we can have these players by next Thursday.” (Sky Sports)

Roberto Mancini seems confident that he will bring this talented pair and their arrival will of course take their spending ever higher but will also make his Manchester City side all the more likely to challenge for a top four spot and perhaps even the Premier League title itself.

Martin O’Neill has stated this weekend that he feels unable to prevent James Milner from leaving and with Mario Balotelli it seems only the players crazy wage demands were the issue. With all these additions the Italian boss will have to look at ways of trimming back his squad.

The new Premier League regulations of having just 25 players named in an initial squad, with the potential additions of players under 21, will leave many of the Eastlands outfit without any chance of playing Premier League football so surely those players will be looking to leave the club rather than sit out the season claiming their large wage packets.

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