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Yaya Toure would make Inter Milan move from Man City, says Mancini

Yaya Toure was the driving force in Man City's midfield under Roberto Mancini.

Roberto Mancini says he believes Yaya Toure wants to join him at Inter Milan next season.

Toure worked under Mancini at Manchester City and, although he has a contract with Manchester City until 2017, there have been reports he could look for a new challenge in the summer.

The Nerazzurri are currently waiting to hear from UEFA regarding potential financial fair play restrictions for next season. The governing body's Club Financial Control Body has asked Inter for additional information on their break-even position, and this could affect their ability to spend.

However, if they can afford to make an acceptable bid for Toure, Mancini says there is a good chance they will be successful.

"Yaya's played in all the top leagues apart from Germany and Italy and if he, as it seems, would like to come to Italy, then there is this possibility," Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport's television station. "It's not going to be easy. He's a player with personality and incredible technical quality, but if he were to come to Italy, then Inter would certainly be his first choice.

"Let's first just see what happens with financial fair play. I'm convinced that we'll sign some good players who will boost the quality of the side.

"Yes, [I've been given carte blanche to spend], but they forgot to give me the pen."

Signing the Ivory Coast midfielder would strengthen Mancini's belief that he would have a side capable of winning Serie A next season.

"Of course we can. I'm so confident because of what we are doing. The foundations are solid. I can see the lads improving all the time; everybody's getting better. Next season, we are aiming to fight it out with Juve, Napoli and Roma."

Mancini also revealed that City were close to signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United three years ago, before he opted to join Juventus.

"We were about to get him and we'd had a meeting with [agent Mino] Raiola, but I don't know why it didn't go through," Mancini said. "He reminded me of [Patrick] Vieira. But the Premier League also lost other top players like [Gerard] Pique."


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