ATHENS, July 9 Greece has mandated banks for a three-year bond that will be issued soon depending on market conditions, the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
It was the first official confirmation of Athens's plans to return to bond markets for the second time in three months, after Greece's successful sale of a five year bond in April.
"The transaction is expected to be launched and priced in the near future, subject to market conditions," the statement said.
Greece is aiming for a yield of around 3.5 percent on the benchmark bond, a government source told Reuters.
Earlier, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the bond would be priced on Thursday and that five lead managers - Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan - are running the sale. (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas, Writing by Deepa Babington)