Manchester City are close to completing the £11 million signing of Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng.
City boss Roberto Mancini is hopeful of sealing a deal for the 21-year-old by the end of the week.
“We are quite close to signing him,” Mancini told the Manchester Evening News. “Boateng is a good player, a young player and strong.
“He plays for the national team and there is a good chance to get him. He can play three different positions; central defence, right full-back or in midfield. If we find a player like that it is better for us.”
But Mancini admits that without the lure of Champions League football, he will struggle to sign big-name players like Fernando Torres.
“Can we attract the top, top players, like Torres? I don’t know, but I don’t think so,” he said in the Sun. “If we finished in the top four, it would be better and easier to attract them.
“In this situation it is different. There are probably some players who want to play in the Champions League and not in the Europa League, but there are a lot of players in Europe who will want to play for Manchester City next year.
“We won’t be playing in the Champions League but we must try to win the other competitions and finish in the top four in the Premier League.”