Eastlands boss about to be handed large transfer budget.
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been told he will have an astonishing £100 million transfer kitty at his disposal in January, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Italian was informed in a conference call with the club’s billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak eight days ago that he will be backed to the hilt in the next window.
This comes after City revealed a loss of £121m last month in their latest set of accounts and spent £97m net on players in the last transfer window.
Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko tops the club’s list of targets, although City are not willing to pay more than £35m cash for a player the German club value at £50m. It is understood City are willing to offer a player in part-exchange to smooth through the deal and make up the shortfall.
The 24-year-old’s camp were guests of City for the Manchester derby on Wednesday night and were also shown around the club’s training ground this week, but City face competition from Juventus, who are keen to bolster their strike force and have significant funds at their disposal. (Goal.com)
Depending on who you believe Roberto Mancini may well be axed by the time the January transfer window is reopened, this source believes however that the Man City money men are willing to hand the Italian a huge transfer warchest as the club looks to push on towards that coveted top four spot.
Despite having a number of international striking options the club have struggled for goals and when you consider that Carlos Tevez has scored seven of the club’s 15 Premier League goals you can see just how problematic things are in the final third.
The club doesn’t have a great deal of goals coming from their midfield and the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor have not inspired much in the way of confidence from Mancini who apparently really wants Edin Dzeko, among others.
Mancini could well do with more creativity in his midfield but has few worries in the defensive department thanks to some very solid displays from the likes of Joe Hart, Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany.