Mancini admits Di Maria interest

City keen on Benfica ace

Di Maria: City target

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confessed his liking for Benfica winger Angel Di Maria.

The 22-year-old Argentina international has been strongly linked with a new challenge in the summer, with a host of clubs across Europe monitoring his situation.

Mancini is believed to be an admirer of Di Maria's qualities, having been spotted at Anfield during Benfica's Europa League tie against Liverpool earlier this month.

The Italian coach has now joined City's technical director, Mike Rigg, in praising Di Maria, saying: "Di Maria is a good player and, in the future, we'll see."

Advantage

Meanwhile, Mancini conceded that, although City's summer targets are also being tracked by other interested parties, the Blues "probably have an advantage" thanks to the funds provided by club owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Earlier in the week, Mancini had claimed that City should use their transfer kitty to buy "three or four" important players, rather than spend it on a horde of signings, which he classified as a "mistake."