Manchester City are unconcerned at the delay in appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and maintain that the arrival of the 59-year-old remains a formality.

Pellegrini held talks in Spain last week with City's sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, the chief executive, Ferran Soriano, and the academy head, Brian Marwood, but, while personal terms have been agreed and transfer targets discussed, his appointment has yet to be confirmed.

City have refused to comment on whether contractual issues between Pellegrini and his former club Málaga are responsible for the hold-up but are adamant the deal to replace Roberto Mancini with the former Villarreal and Real Madrid coach is not under threat and will be announced shortly.

The Premier League runners-up have signed Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30m and the Spain international Jesús Navas for an initial £14.9m from Sevilla since opening talks with Pellegrini, while Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, is reported to be in Italy to discuss the striker's future with Milan and Juventus.