Sergio Aguero moved a step closer to joining Manchester City after the Barclays Premier League big-spenders reached agreement with Atletico Madrid over a deal believed to be worth around £38million.
The 23-year-old South American star boarded a plane from his native Argentina late last night, heading for Manchester to discuss personal terms and complete his medical.
Aguero will sign a five-year contract at Eastlands with wages worth a reported £200,000 a week, adding yet more firepower to Roberto Mancini's forward line ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.
Atletico boss Gregorio Manzano confirmed last night that Aguero was close to leaving when he spoke to Cope:
"It does look like this long-running issue will be resolved in the coming hours - it is at an end," he said. "I have asked the players to focus on Thursday's game [against Stromsgodset]. Unfortunately Kun will not be there.
"The truth is that I hoped to reflect on his decision to leave favourably. I had hoped that he could have chosen a better, more professional way to leave and shown more love to the club."
City chiefs are confident that the transfer will be rubber-stamped by the end of the week, allowing them to draw a line under their search for a replacement for want-away striker Carlos Tevez.
At this moment in time however, Tevez remains a City player, and as such has been ordered to report back for pre-season training a week today - the same day that Aguero could link up with his new teammates after an extended break following both players' participation in the Copa America.
With the Community Shield against inner-city neighbours and rivals Manchester United coming just four days later, neither player is expected to feature at Wembley next Sunday.
Despite that, Aguero appears to be in good spirits after arriving in Manchester earlier this morning, he posted a message on Twitter to update his fans on the situation.
"Just landed in Manchester to finalise the details of the move to City. Everything is fine! In a while I'll tell you more."