Machester City boss Roberto Mancini is hoping to tie up a move for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero within "four or five days".
City are in advanced talks with Atletico about a deal to sign Aguero as Mancini has made the Argentine one of his top summer transfer targets.
But after seeing several South American forwards ranging from Robinho to Carlos Tevez failing to adapt to life in Manchester, he wants to gain Aguero’s perspective of playing in England before moving forward in contract negotiations if City is successful in its transfer bid, according to reports.
“Aguero played in Copa America. If we close the deal, I need to speak with him, because I want to know his opinion (of playing in Manchester),” explained Mancini.
If Aguero has a genuine interest in moving to the Premier League, the 46-year-old believes that City should be able to acquire the player within the week.
"I don’t know at the moment. The last news that I heard about Aguero was that the club was talking with Atletico Madrid [before the weekend]," Mancini said.
"I think that maybe in four or five days, before the next game, I think that in this week maybe we can close. Maybe."
Aguero is looking to leave the Vincente Calderon and he failed to return to training with Atletico over the weekend as he waits for his future to be decided.
The likes of Real Madrid and Juventus have been credited with an interest in Aguero, but Mancini is hoping to win the race for the South American before the end of the month.
It has been suggested Aguero's arrival will pave the way for the unsettled Carlos Tevez to leave City, but Mancini expects the City skipper back at the club next week.
Tevez, who is seeking to leave Etihad Stadium, saw a proposed move to Corinthians fall through earlier this month and his future remains unclear.
However, Mancini revealed he will consider playing Tevez in Community Shield on August 7 against Manchester United if he has no fitness problems when he returns to training
"When he comes back and his condition is good, maybe he can have a chance," noted Mancini.
"He has played in Copa America. And two weeks they (players) can't lose their condition. After one week, if they work only one week, he can find his condition."
If Tevez stays with the club, midfielder James Milner believes that it will improve the club rather than be a setback.
The former Aston Villa player thinks that with the club playing in its first Champions League, depth is required and competition among top players will only bring out the best in the team.
“There’s world-class players all over the field, all over the squad,” said Milner.
“We’re going to be playing a lot of games again this year. We did last year. You know, that’s what we want, competition all over the park.”