Bayern Munich insist they are closing in on Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng, despite the Blues describing him as ‘unsaleable’.
The German giants are willing to give City the £11m they paid for him last summer to prise the Germany international away from Hamburg.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “I believe that there is a chance that we will come to an agreement.
“We will have to play a waiting game and this is not something which will be resolved in the next two or three days.”
But City boss Roberto Mancini said recently that he believes Boateng will soon be one of the world’s top defenders and he has no interest in losing him.
Boateng had a difficult first season in English football, suffering an injury shortly before joining up with the Blues, then finding the pace of the Premier League difficult before losing his place to a resurgent Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta.
He then suffered another knee injury while on international duty to miss the final two months of the season.
City are in no rush to sell, but a reasonable offer might tempt them, as Mancini has been told he has to sell in order to off-set some of the cost of his transfer plans this summer.