Italian faces Chelsea in the Uefa Champions League later this month.
Former Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini was handed a bumper £10m payoff by the mega-rich north west outfit when he was sacked by the club at the end of last season, the largest compensation figure ever recorded in British football history, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
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The Italian trainer was only one year into a lucrative five-year deal at Eastlands worth a staggering £37m when the club’s owners decided to relieve him of his duties after City had failed to both retain their Premier League title and then lost to relegated Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final last May.
However, it had been expected that Mancini would only be paid £7m when he left Eastlands, only for it to now be revealed that the amount was substantially higher than first thought.
Mancini, 49, has since taken charge of Turkish champions Galatasaray, although with the Turks currently trailing arch rivals Fenerbahce by a whopping 19 points in the league, the one-time Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan trainer could soon be on the market again if reports in Istanbul are to be believed.