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City aim to add Milner as Toure and Boateng sign

Manchester City will continue their summer spending by signing off the deals bringing Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng to the club and are hoping James Milner will play his own part in securing a release from Aston Villa.

Confirmation of David Silva's arrival from Valencia came yesterday -- he joins for around £24.25m on a four-year deal worth £140,000-a-week -- and 21-year-old Boateng's arrival for a £10.5m development fee from Hamburg will be officially concluded today.

Boateng's contract with the Bundesliga side expired yesterday, though Fifa rules stipulate that, as the player is under the age of 24, City must compensate Hamburg.

The £26m deal bringing Toure from Barcelona to join his brother Kolo is so far advanced that a City delegation flew to Catalonia on Monday, oversaw his medical and concluded the interview with him for the club website before heading off on holiday. The deal awaits the signature of the new Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, who takes up his office today.

Despite the £60m investment, of which Silva is the signature acquisition that City believe may make others feel that they are a club worth joining, Milner remains a firm target.

City now feel that it is up to the 25-year-old to ensure progress is made towards a transfer. There is a feeling that if Milner makes his desire for a move known to Villa then his manager, Martin O'Neill, may drop his £30m asking price to something more realistic.

City tried to tie up a deal before the World Cup with an £18m bid plus £2m of add-ons, though Villa quickly rejected it. Despite his fine display in England's win over Slovenia last week, Milner's World Cup has not inflated his value and a £25m deal would appear to represent good value for Villa.

City also want to knock Wolfsburg down on their demand for full payment of a £35m release clause for their Serbian striker Edin Dzeko.

City do not value the player above £20m in a transfer market which rated David Villa at €40m (£32.8m) in his move from Valencia to Barcelona and it is possible that the new arrivals may create players surplus to requirement -- such as Shaun Wright-Phillips -- who would appeal to Wolfsburg's manager, Steve McClaren.

The Benfica defender David Luiz is another target


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