Manchester City are set to swoop for Isreali starlet Nir Biton, but will need him to be exempt from military service.


Sky Sports are reporting that the Etihad Stadium club are on the verge of signing the 20-year-old promising midfielder.


Biton’s current club MS Ashdod confirmed the deal was in the offing, with club owner Jacky Ben Zaken revealing Roberto Mancini’s intention to bring the midfielder in as soon as possible.


“They want to take him on loan immediately and want an option to buy him in the future,” he told the Jewish Chronicle.


However, a report in the Daily Mail is also reporting that the deal is on and claims it will cost the Citizens around £2million.


The same reports also reveals that Biton looks set to negotiate his way out of the final nine months of obligatory national service with the Isreali Defence Forces and is confident of securing a UK work permit.


I have spoken to the Army’s top personnel, and that is almost solved,” the player’s agent Dudu Dahan is quoted as saying.


“City say they can get a work permit for Nir as well, as there is a special category for outstanding prospects like him.


“I have been speaking with Mancini every day, since the trial, so how can I not be optimistic the transfer will be completed?”


The young hard-working midfielder had spent one week on trial with City and it appears Roberto Mancini was impressed enough tot sanction a move.


Manchester City have are missing influential midfielder Yaya Toure, who is on international duty with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.


This signing would suggest Mancini is keen to bolster his midfield, that has been missing the drive and influence of Toure in the past two weeks.

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