The Italian is believed to be keen to bring former charge Aleksandar Kolarov to Turkey, while he will also make a move for Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia according to reports.
The former Inter boss is believed to have been granted €35 million by the Turk Telecom Arena outfit to strengthen his contingent, and will look to splurge a considerable amount of it on the Manchester-based duo in January.
Kolarov has been in and out of the City side over the last 12 months, with Gael Clichy preferred more often than not to the Serbia international. Juventus and Inter have both been keeping tabs on the former Lazio defender, whose contract in England expires in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has started five of City’s Premier League games this season while Clichy has had niggling injuries, and whether Manuel Pellegrini would be willing to let the Serb leave the club in January remains to be seen.
Mancini’s other reported target is Antonio Valencia, with the Italian boss set to fight it out with Everton for the signing of the Ecuadorean winger apparently.
The Toffees are keen to include Valencia in any potential deal that sees Leighton Baines move to United, but the Gala boss is hopeful that an offer of around £12.5 million will be adequate to convince the Premier League champions to allow the South American to move to Turkey.
Valencia was one of the club’s most consistent performers in the 2011-12 season, but lost form last term and looked low on confidence. This season he has started four of United’s seven Premier League games, but faces competition for a regular berth in David Moyes’ line-up.
With Adnan Januzaj’s emergence and Nani seemingly back in favour also, Valencia could well be deemed expendable, with the money received from his sale used to bolster the Old Trafford squad in other areas.
City fans, would you be willing to see your club sell Kolarov? And is Valencia at the end of the road at United?
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