Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that the Serie A club will do everything it can to lure Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure to the San Siro this summer.
According to FC Inter News, the ex-Blues boss heaped praise on the 31-year-old Ivorian during an interview with Sky Italia and vowed the Italian side would attempt to sign him at the end of the season.
He said: “Yaya belongs to City, but if this move happens I think it would be wonderful for Italian football too, as we need champions like this.
“We will try and then see what happens.”
Toure was a key figure in the City engine room when Mancini was at the helm at the Etihad Stadium. He scored the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City, and inspired the side to Premier League title glory in the following season.
Like many of his team-mates, he has failed to live up to his high standards this term, and City look almost certain to finish the campaign without a piece of silverware to their name.
They have dropped to fourth place in the table and face a tough trip to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday, when they will arguably go into the clash as underdogs based on current form.
Toure has two years remaining on his current contract.