Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

New Man City boss Mancini keen on Torres

New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has targeted Liverpool duo Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano as his top transfer targets.

The former Inter Milan boss, who replaced the sacked Mark Hughes immediately after Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Sunderland, is ready to continue to flash the cash to bring success to the City of Manchester Stadium.

Despite City’s millions, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will not entertain the thought of losing two key players during the January transfer window.

But if the Reds fail to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, they may be forced to sell at least one of their top stars.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti insists Mario Balotelli will not be joining City in January.

The appointment of Mancini has fuelled speculation 19-year-old striker Balotelli could head to Eastlands when the transfer window opens.

Moratti congratulated City for the appointment of Mancini, who won three Serie A titles in his time at the San Siro, but insisted the Italy Under-21 international was not for sale.

“I think they (Manchester City) have made a great signing,” said Moratti. “But they should not inquire about Balotelli for January because we are not selling him.”

Balotelli, who is under contract with the Nerazzurri until 2011, has made just six league starts this campaign.

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