Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is reportedly desperate to bring AS Roma's Brazilian forward Alessandro Mancini to Eastlands as soon as possible.
Eriksson has already made it known that he wants to add further quality and depth to his squad, with Mancini now his number one target.
The Swede is quoted as telling Il Romanista: "I want Mancini here immediately as he is the ideal man to strengthen my squad. He could become my Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Money isn't a problem for us, but it depends on whether Roma want to sell him.
"I know that contract talks have hit a brick wall, but we will have to talk to his agent."
The 27-year-old is unhappy with life in the Italian capital after coming under fire from some sections of the Roma fans in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, City have been offered renewed hope in their bid to bring Djibril Cisse back to England from Marseille.
The French club insist the pacy frontman is not for sale, but his agent, Ranko Stojic, is singing from a rather different hymn-sheet.
He commented: "Djibril can't leave? We will see. I will meet the officials later this week, or early next week.
"I am absolutely not happy with the behaviour of those (Marseille) officials when Djibril experienced very difficult times. At that moment, no-one supported him, not even (president) Pape Diouf."