Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce says that central defender Sylvain Distin's proposed switch to Middlesbrough is far from done and dusted.
The 28-year-old Frenchman had looked set to move to the Riverside after the two clubs agreed a fee for the transfer, but Pearce believes that the deal has hit a snag over personal terms.
He said: "We have accepted an offer from Middlesbrough but I am led to believe, at this moment in time, he cannot agree personal terms with them.
"If he ends up staying at Manchester City I would be delighted and he will be part of our squad on Sunday. It is as simple as that.
"I can't lose. Either Sylvain goes, which will free up some money for me to invest elsewhere, or he stays and I get to keep a very good player for at least another season.
"It is not really bothering me and I am pleased to say Sylvain has not been affected either.
"His performances on the training pitch have been as good as anybody. It just seems to be a matter of fact for him.
"He has gone to talk to Middlesbrough, but if he can't agree he will play for Manchester City. It makes it very easy for me really."