Roberto Mancini says Sergio Aguero bid is imminent

Roberto Mancini expects Manchester City to lodge a bid for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero in the next few days despite Carlos Tevez's exit dragging on.

After City's 2-1 friendly win over the Vancouver Whitecaps it was not long before post-match discussion turned to Tevez's on-off move to Brazilian outfit Corinthians, who earlier in the day denied having a £40million bid accepted for the 27-year-old.

"I slept last night and I had a game to prepare for today so I don't know any more," he said.

"The clubs are talking. They only have one number and it does not work at the moment."

Clearly though, Mancini is planning for life without his skipper, having confirmed a bid is expected to be lodged for Aguero in the next couple of days.

"Maybe in the next days," he said.

"I have not spoken to anyone about it, but probably. I think so."

Midfielder Gareth Barry admitted there has been some dressing room discussion about Tevez, and that he does believe the South American has played his final game for City.

However, the England star was not prepared to downplay his input.

"There has obviously been the odd chat about Carlos," revealed Barry.

"He has made it clear he is ready to leave and the players will respect his decision.

"It is down to the club to decide what fee they want for Carlos.

"We would be sad to lose him because he is a class player who has worked really hard for the club.

"If you believe what you read, then yes, he has played his last game.

"But he has been great for Manchester City. He has helped the club win its first trophy and he has always given 100%. We are grateful for that."

And, such is the nature of City these days, the loss of one top player just heralds the arrival of another.

"Aguero is a very exciting player from what I have seen on TV," said Barry.

"He is a class act. Names like that will excite fans and the players."

In addition, even as Tevez is preparing for a new phase in his career, a new striker was emerging in John Guidetti, who equalised for City this evening before Shaun Wright-Phillips slammed home a late winner.

"John is young. He is a good player and I think he can have a good future at Manchester City," said Barry.

"He is strong. He is a typical English striker, even though he is Swedish. He has a good technique. He wants to improve.

"He will have time here. It is important that he continues to work well and continues to improve.

"Today he scored a good goal but when you are a young player, you need to improve every day. This year is important. He has a chance."

Mancini played down injury fears surrounding Yaya Toure following today's game. Toure turned his ankle towards the end of the first half and it quickly became apparent that the Ivorian would not be able to continue.

Toure had to be helped back to the City dressing room and played no further part in the game.

The injury initially looked serious, but Mancini insisted that the damage was not too bad.

"We will have to see but I hope he will have recovered in three or four days," the Italian said.

"He fell over the other player's foot and hurt his ankle, but hopefully he will be okay."

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