Eastlands boss looks to freshen up the City attack.
Roberto Mancini keen on Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko
The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, has said he will bid for Mario Balotelli should Internazionale opt to sell the highly rated striker.
Balotelli is under contract with the Italian champions for three more seasons but failed to hold down a regular starting berth under the former Inter manager José Mourinho last season.
The 19-year-old is believed to be a target for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but Mancini, with the backing of billionaire owners behind him, is preparing himself to enter any bidding war.
“We are always interested in good players,” Mancini told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. “If Inter decide to sell [Balotelli], we will be there.”
Balotelli was dropped from Inter’s team for several games last season by Mourinho, who criticised the player’s attitude, but Mancini is concerned only with the player’s abilities on the pitch.
“I have no problems,” said Mancini. “The most important thing is that they are good, so that they go on the pitch and play well.”
Mancini also confirmed he is keeping an eye on the Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season and has long been linked with a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs. “Certainly Dzeko is more than just an interest,” Mancini revealed. (Guardian)
Roberto Mancini doesn’t mess about does he. Having already brought in Jerome Boateng, David Silva and Yaya Toure, the Italian is now looking to freshen his attack as he pursues Dzeko and Balotelli, and one wonders what this would mean for those already at Eastlands?
The likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and perhaps even Carlos Tevez may be on their way out at the Man City boss looks to change things up for the coming season. A move for Mario Balotelli has been discussed for the best part of a year and the young Italian may well have burned all his bridges at the San Siro and has fallen out with just about everyone at the club and is himself probably sick and tired of the abuse he gets, even from his own fans.
Edin Dzeko is another player seemingly set for an exit. After two marvellous seasons at Wolfsburg, with his second being all the more worthy of plaudits given that his side plummeted from Bundesliga champions to an eighth placed finish, despite 29 goals from the Bosnian.
The pair would cost in the region of £45m to sign but then money is not really much of an issue is it?