Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is hopeful a deal for Arsenal's Samir Nasri will be concluded quickly.
At a news conference ahead of Sunday's match against Bolton, Mancini said: "I don't know the last news because my concentration is on the game.
"But I hope - because the market finishes in the next 10 days."
NASRI - CAREER STATS
26 June 1987, Marseille
145 apps, 11 goals
124 apps, 27 goals
24 apps, 2 goals
Asked why there may have been a delay in the transfer going through, the Italian said: "I don't know - this is not my job."
He added: "I don't know why, but it is probably because Nasri is a good player, or because there is some problem."
The fee, should Nasri move from London to Manchester, is reported to be £25m.
The France midfielder, 24, would become the second high-profile departure from Arsenal this week after Cesc Fabregas joined
Barcelona on Monday.
Nasri used social networking site Twitter to
on his move and
criticise Gunners fans
who directed an abusive chant towards him during Saturday's 0-0 draw at Newcastle.
"I heard what the fans were singing about me on Saturday and it is really disrespectful because I'm still a Arsenal player," he wrote.
There were suggestions Nasri would undergo a medical on Wednesday - and camera crews gathered at the
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“It is never easy to play in a team and to not be sure whether you will start the season or leave”
But it did not materialise because the clubs were - and are still are - in negotiations and no medical can take place until a deal is agreed.
BBC Sport understands Arsenal are prepared for his departure but they want to secure the best possible deal and are in no rush to offload him.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is working hard to reinforce his squad - but none of the potential deals are dependent on the Nasri situation.
began discussions with Nasri
in December 2010 but the Frenchman is understood to have stalled on a new three-year contract worth £90,000 a week - and in June
he cast further doubt over his future
The Gunners reportedly turned down a £20m bid from Manchester United in early July and
Arsene Wenger said he was prepared to lose Nasri on a free transfer next summer
rather than sell him now.
"Imagine the worst situation - we lose Fabregas and Nasri," stated Wenger. "You cannot convince people you are ambitious after that. You cannot pretend you are a big club.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Nasri was named French Player of the Year in 2010
- He was included in the PFA Team of the Year for 2010-11
"A big club holds onto its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take [players] away from you."
Mancini then made clear his
intention to bring Nasri to Eastlands
Wenger claimed on Monday
that the player may yet stay, the situation has since developed.
If the deal goes through Nasri will receive a huge pay rise and become Mancini's fourth major summer signing following the arrivals of
Nasri has scored 27 goals in 124 appearances for Arsenal and has won 23 caps for France.