Mancini happy with firepower

City boss has no plans to bid for Ibrahimovic or Ramirez

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has sought to distance himself from rumours suggesting he will look to bolster his attacking options this summer.

The Blues are expected to dip into the transfer market, as they look to strengthen a side that took the Premier League title in 2011/12, but a striker is not considered to be a top priority.

It has been reported that Mancini is keen to bring AC Milan's enigmatic frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Etihad Stadium, with a big-money bid in the pipeline.

The City boss admits to being an admirer of the Sweden international, having worked with him during his time at Inter Milan, but insists he has no plans to make a move.

"Zlatan is a champion but I have four very strong strikers," Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Zlatan is a champion but I have four very strong strikers."

Roberto Mancini

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"I just need them to compete in the Champions League."


City are well stocked on the attacking front, with Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko already on their books.

They also boast a number of creative talents, such as David Silva and Samir Nasri, leading Mancini to play down speculation linking him with Bologna's Gaston Ramirez.

"There is no truth in the Ramirez rumours," he said.

"He is a good player, young with a lot of potential, but we are okay in attack."