Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has give his biggest hint yet that James Milner is set to move to Manchester City.
Villa rejected a £20million bid from City for the England international at the end of last season, with the Midlands-based club insisting they would only listen to offers of £30million for the player.
However, speaking after his side's goalless pre-season friendly against Valencia on Friday, O'Neill said:"We didn't play him against Valencia as there could be something happening in terms of the transfer over the weekend or Monday or Tuesday.
"Until that possibly develops I thought it best to leave him out of the Valencia game.
"To my knowledge, no fee has been agreed but talks are taking place involving our chief executive and the chairman.
"I think for everyone's benefit it is probably time to try and get something done. Losing your best players at the club obviously causes you a headache and it is a problem.
"It happened two years ago with Gareth Barry when it was not resolved. I'm sure that no-one wants to go down that route again.
"If and when the transfer takes place I will have to speak to the chairman about future transfer dealings."