Manchester City are confident of tying up a £46million deal for Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne by the time they face Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.
City have been on the trail of the 24-year-old Wolfsburg player all summer as coach Manuel Pellegrini looks to bring some strength to the spine of his team.
And it is understood the club are optimistic about finally landing one of their principal close-season targets this week.
Pellegrini takes his team to the Black Country on Monday night for their opening Barclays Premier League fixture at West Bromwich. But he has told his board that he needs the chance to integrate De Bruyne into the squad quickly.
Wolfsburg have been holding out for £50m but City hope an initial payment of £40m with an extra £6m coming as add-ons will get the deal done this week.
De Bruyne spent two years as a Chelsea player between 2012 and 2014 but never made an impact and was sold to Wolfsburg for £18m 18 months ago. Pellegrini, however, would have no qualms about throwing him in against his old club at home on Sunday.