The Frenchman is keen to leave Inter after dropping down the pecking order in Jose Mourinho's plans and City are ready to sign Vieira on loan with the option of a one-year deal at the end of it.

Vieira, who played under Mancini at Inter, admits initial discussions are going well although a deal has not been agreed as yet.

"Nothing has been signed so far, but it is going well," Vieira told L'Equipe.