Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City are after Inter Milan star Mario Balotelli and Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko

July 9th, 2010

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Roberto Mancini has confirmed that he would like to take Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko to Manchester City.

Manchester rivals United are also interested in 19-year-old Balotelli, but Mancini enjoyed a good relationship with the Inter Milan striker when they were both at the San Siro and would be keen to work with him again.

The European champions are prepared to listen to offers for a player who is supremely talented but who rubbed up team-mates and former boss Jose Mourinho the wrong way last season.

Inter want a hefty £30million, but the figure is not beyond City’s spending power and Mancini told and Italian newspaper: ‘We are always interested in good players. If Inter decide to sell (Balotelli), we will be there.’

Balotelli was dropped from Inter’s team for several games earlier this year by Mourinho, who criticised the player’s attitude, but Mancini is concerned only with the player’s abilities on the pitch.

‘I have no problems,’ said Mancini. ‘The most important thing is that they are good, so that they go on the pitch and play well.’

Balotelli, an AC Milan fan, admitted this summer that he didn’t know if he had a future at his current club. He welcomed reported interest from ‘great team’ Arsenal and was also complementary about Mancini.

The Eastlands boss also confirmed he is vying with Juventus to sign Dzeko from Wolfsburg.

The Bosnia and Herzogovina striker, who has also interested Tottenham, was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season and Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren is trying hard to keep hold of his star man.

But Mancini said: ‘Certainly Dzeko is more than just an interest.’

Source: DailyMail

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