Boateng on verge of City switch

Hamburg's Germany international defender Jerome Boateng believes he will sign for Manchester City before the World Cup begins.

City have been in talks with the Bundesliga club since the end of the domestic season and Boateng believes an agreement is now close to being reached.

The 21-year-old centre-half could cost the Eastlands outfit around £10million.

"I am going to sign on before leaving for the World Cup and the deal will be completed," Boateng told German media.

"It has been decided that I am moving there."

Speaking about a recent meeting with City boss Roberto Mancini, he continued:"He came with two representatives to Hamburg and we chatted for one or two hours.

"He convinced me to make the transfer. He believes that I will definitely need a few months to get settled in once in England, but that he sees so much potential in me that he will improve me.

"Even if many people say that I am going to struggle to make the breakthrough, I am confident that I will. I am not afraid of anybody."

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