Manchester City boss Mancini lines up big moves for Ibrahimovic and Maicon

01 January 2010 12:44
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he would love Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maicon to join him at Eastlands.

Mancini worked with the pair at former club Inter Milan and wants City owner Sheikh Mansour to bankroll a megabucks bid to reunite the trio.

'I would like Maicon,' said Mancini. 'With Ibra there's always been a rapport of great loyalty.

January sales: Mancini wants Ibrahimovic and Maicon to join him at Eastlands

'He's world class. Which manager in the world wouldn't like Ibrahimovic?'

Barcelona's Ibrahimovic has scored 11 goals in 13 games since hissummer switch form Inter, while Maicon, 28, is heralded as one of thebest full-backs in world football.

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Swedish international Ibrahimovic did little to defuse the rumours of a move to City by heaping praise upon his old boss.

'Mancio will change the mentality of the club because he is a greatcoach,' he said. 'Only the great coaches are able to guide the greatplayers.'

Mancini, who has won his first two games as manager, insists Citymust finish in the Premier League's top four to attract the best players in the world.

'City is the best club in the world for an ambitious manager. Thereare very, very good players there but we must improve as it won't beeasy to get into the top four.'

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