Mancini eyes up Maicon and Zlatan

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he would

welcome the opportunity to bring Inter Milan defender Maicon to

Eastlands.

The Italian tactician worked with the buccaneering Brazilian

during his time in charge at Giuseppe Meazza.

He has now revealed that a reunion could be possible if City

are able to secure a top four finish in the Premier League this

season.

Mancini knows Champions League football will act as a useful

bargaining tool for the Blues next summer as they look to further

bolster their ranks.

A place in European football’s premier club competition will

make it easier to attract top stars, with City’s new manager also

admitting that he would love to work with Barcelona’s ex-Inter

frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic again in the future.

“If City finish in the top four we will look for players of

the highest level,” Macini told francorossi.com. “I would like

Maicon. With Ibra there’s always been a rapport of great loyalty.

“He’s world class. Which manager in the world wouldn’t like

Ibrahimovic? He added: “City is the best club in the world for an

ambitious manager.

“There are very, very good players there but we must improve

as it won’t be easy to get into the top four.”

Mancini is keen to be the man to help City take the next step

in their ambitious plans for global domination, but knows he will

need the best talent available if he is to meet those targets.

Whether he is able to get his hands on those he wants remains

to be seen, but the Italian has revealed the names of a few more

players he would like to bring to City given half a chance.

“If they (Liverpool) put Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano

and Fernando Torres on the market, City will be interested,” he

said, with tongue in cheek.