Roberto Mancini has again hit out at ManchesterCity’s transfer policy, which he claims cost the Blues more success during his time in charge.
Mancini identified four big name targets he wanted to bring to the Etihad Stadium but the deals never materialised.
Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard, Daniele de Rossi and Javi Martinez were all on the Italian’s list but none arrived.
In an interview with Italian paper Corriere dello Sport: “Immediately after we won the championship, I thought that three transfers were important.
“Van Persie? Everyone knew, it was not a mystery. We had an agreement and and he knew he would be the man who made a difference.
“But we did not move, as we didn’t move for Daniele de Rossi and Eden Hazard, purchases I said would win titles. It is no coincidence that the title was won by the team that took van Persie.”
Mancini also spoke about the player he most wanted City to sign this summer, to make up the lost ground on United – Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who City have bought.
The Blues have eased off on their pursuit of the Uruguayan in the wake of Mancini’s departure, and with Napoli asking a ludicrous £53m fee.
Said Mancini: “He is a top player. He is at the height of his maturity, an extra-ordinary player who attacks, defends and scores goals – I would have done anything to get him.”
He also suggested that a deal involving a swap for Edin Dzeko would not be bad business for both clubs,
saying: “I do not know the will of Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis, but if Napoli sell Cavani and take Dzeko, they would be safe.
“They would get a great striker who gets 25 a season and only has one defect – that he wants to play in every game.”
Mancini has been linked with the managerial jobs at Roma and Paris St Germain, but says he has had no approaches, and is still on the lookout for an ‘attractive proposition’.