Friday, 3rd February, 2012
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that he is alive to the talented players operating in France’s Ligue 1, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho a player the Citizens manager is watching.
Mancini was relatively inactive in the winter transfer window, with the only late rabbit pulled out of the hat Chilean midfielder David Pizarro, who arrived on loan until the end of the season from Roma.
But that does not mean that the Italian has withdrawn from thinking about how to improve his squad and Ligue 1 is a hotbed of talent which Mancini could choose to exploit in the summer.
"I am attentive to what is going on in Ligue 1", Mancini told French publication Le 10 Sport, before insisting that he is not ready to flash the cash just yet.
"There are some interesting players, but I won’t be buying someone right now", he added.
"There are players of the future, for example, Mamadou Sakho of PSG, but we have many central defenders.
"We’re looking at players right across Europe and we can’t buy everyone."
The former Inter coach also admitted that Eden Hazard is a talent he rates highly, even if he is not considering bidding for the Lille man’s services.
"Eden Hazard is a great player with great potential", said Mancini.
"He’s very technical and fast. But despite what some have been saying for several weeks, we have no plans to buy him.
"We’re looking to strengthen, but not in the attacking department."