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Mourinho and Mancini doing battle over Chelsea-haunting PSG star - report

The race for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s signature is between Chelsea and Galatasaray, per Gianluca Di Marzio.

Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini aren’t the best of friends.

The fellow former Inter bosses have never seen eye-to-eye and have been known to take jabs at each other through the media in recent years.

Generally their quarrels revolve around the successes of the teams they’ve been in charge of, but it seems the pair are fighting over a transfer target this time around.

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, the pair are now doing battle for the services of PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Earlier this month the Italian transfer guru linked Mourinho with a move for the Argentine, who has a history of haunting Chelsea - duly scoring against them in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Di Marzio has claimed that the Blues have remained in contact with Lavezzi’s entourage in recent weeks, presumably seeing him as a supplement to the heavily linked Diego Costa.

But as Serie A suitors Inter have retreated, Galatasaray have emerged as Chelsea’s main competition with long-time admirer Mancini pushing for the 28-year-old.

It’s been widely claimed that Lavezzi is unhappy in the French capital and Naples daily Il Mattino even tipped him for a return to Napoli on Thursday.

If Di Marzio is to be believed, however, Rafa Benitez is more interested in strengthening his midfield and defence, leaving Mourinho and Mancini in a head-to-head duel for the striker.

The situation looks open as neither Chelsea nor Galatasaray appear to have made inroads with PSG - contacting Lavezzi’s entourage the extent of their involvement.

This one should rumble on into the summer as the transfer market campaign hits top gear for the two clubs.

“Better learn English or Turkish,” Di Marzio’s report reads. And if PSG do let go of Lavezzi in the coming months, Mourinho will be hoping it will be the former language he’ll be soaking up, Mancini the latter.

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