Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident his club can complete deals for Mario Balotelli and James Milner before the transfer window closes.
Mancini, who has already spent £80 million on new players this summer, has been chasing Inter Milan striker Balotelli and Aston Villa midfielder Milner for a number of weeks.
Villa rejected City's opening bid of £20 million, but their pursuit has been unrelenting and with Milner omitted from Martin O'Neill's squad for Friday night's high-profile friendly with Valencia, a deal still looks on the cards.
"I am still hopeful. We have time but we will not pay too high a price,'' Mancini said.
Villa are holding out for around £30 million for the England international and Inter rate want-away Balotelli at around £24 million.