Brian Kidd believes the Premier League title is now "Manchester United's to lose" although he has confirmed Manchester City will explore every avenue in their search for an advantage.
It does appear the first road City will go down is the one to Edin Dzeko. Mancini is a long-time fan of the big Bosnian, who impressed in the Champions League for Wolfsburg last season and has been viewed as one of the Italian's prime transfer targets.
There have been plenty of reports claiming that a fee has been agreed for Dzeko and negotiations over personal terms are well on their way to reaching a positive conclusion.
However, with the transfer window two days away from opening and a tricky encounter with Blackpool to fulfil, City are in no mood to confirm Dzeko's impending arrival.
"I don't think it's right to speak about other players at other clubs," said Kidd. "Only one man will decide - and that's the boss.
"If he feels he can improve the squad and there's a player available he will definitely explore that."