Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed that City are taking an extended look at Iraqi international Nashat Akram.
The 23-year-old, who was one of the stars in the Iraq side that won the 2007 Asian Cup as well as the team that went to semi-finals of the 2004 Olympic soccer tournament, has been training with the Blues squad at Carrington this week.
The Manager likes what he has seen of the player so far and is hopeful that a deal can be struck to bring him to England from the Al-Ain club in the United Arab Emirates.
“I think he will come,” says Sven. “We need to fix the work permits but I don’t think that will be a problem.
“He’s a very good football player, he will need to get used to the style of English football but he’s a very elegant player and in the Asian Cup he was one of the very best in the tournament.
“He reminds me a bit of Michael Johnson, in that he can do a little bit of everything in both attack and defence. I think he is one for the future, I’m not sure if he’s ready to play this season but I’ve seen him train and he’s good. He’s a technically correct player.”