Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson could make Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano his ninth signing of the summer on Sunday.

Former England manager Eriksson refused to state whether the Palermo player was the man he was after, but the Swede appeared to give the game away when he was asked whether he was trying to sign an Italian.

"Maybe not an Italian, but possibly someone who has played in the Italian league," he said.

Bresciano's arrival would certainly bring some bite to the City midfield, a commodity which appeared to be lacking in Saturday's 1-0 home friendly defeat by Valencia.

In a contest of few chances, David Silva's tenth minute effort proved decisive, with both Michael Johnson and Ronaldo Bianchi hitting the bar as Eriksson's team strove for an equaliser.