Unsettled Brazil international Robinho claims he is '90 per cent certain' to end his spell with Manchester and rejoin former club Santos.
Robinho's future at Eastlands has been the subject of intense scrutiny since the transfer window reopened at the beginning of the month.
The 26-year-old forward moved to City from Real Madrid in a British record £32.5million transfer in the summer of 2008 but his form has been patchy.
He scored his first goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 FA Cup fourth round win at Scunthorpe United and afterwards City boss Roberto Mancini claimed he hoped the South American remained part of his squad.
However, Robinho has revealed that a loan move back to Brazil and Santos where he started his career is likely to be confirmed in the coming days.
He told Brazilian television network Globo: "It's all on the right track. It's 90 per cent certain to happen.
"Santos want a year but City want just six months. In two or three days, it should all be sealed."
Speaking over the weekend, Robinho had made no secret of his desire to leave the City of Manchester Stadium in order to maintain his place in the Brazil squad ahead of the World Cup finals.
He explained: "What's important is to be happy. First thing is that I am going through a bad period.
"Here, Mancini said that I would play one game and another no. I didn't accept that and told him so. It's a World Cup year.
"The directors all agree that it's better to send me out on loan. It would be exceptional to return to Santos.
"Playing for Santos would help me in my path to the World Cup. It is my home, I know everyone."