Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has denied rumours linking him with a major interest in signing AS Roma's Brazilian forward Amantino Mancini.
Press reports in Italy had quoted Eriksson as saying that Mancini was his top target, but the Swede insists that that is not the case.
He told the club's official website: "I don't know where that has come from, it must have come from Roma. I have never spoken about that player with anyone."
Eriksson was earlier 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."
Twenty-seven-year-old Mancini is known to be unhappy with life in the Italian capital after coming under fire from some sections of the Roma fans in recent weeks.