Mancini maintains Gago interest

City launched a bid for the 23-year-old shortly before the transfer

deadline. Their primary target was McDonald Mariga – but he was

denied a work permit for a switch to Eastlands and subsequently

joined Inter Milan. After Mariga’s deal collapsed on deadline day,

City then rekindled their efforts to try and sign Gago. But they

left it too late to sign him, which incurred the wrath of both the

player and Real – who openly criticised City’s attempts. However,

that has not put off Mancini – who maintains an interest in

signinig the Argentina international. “We had to decide between

Gago and Mariga,” reflected Mancini. “I found the Mariga situation

incredible because he has been in Europe for seven years and was

then good enough to sign for a club like Inter Milan after he

couldn’t get a visa for us. “We did try for Gago again but it was

impossible. Probably we will look again in the summer.”