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
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
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
“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.