Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mancini sets his sights on Torres

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is hoping that his side's bid to clinch Champions League football will be enough to tempt Fernando Torres away from Liverpool this summer.

A highly disappointing season has left Tottenham Hotspur and the free-spending Citizens as the front-runners for the final qualifying place, with continuing over the Spain international's future following claims he may consider options away from Anfield without European football.

Assurances from new Reds chairman Martin Broughton that players will not be sold against their will has done very little to ease the fear amongst Kopites that the 26-year-old will seek options elsewhere due to the club's financial woes restricting manager Rafael Benitez spending power.

Despite a tense run-in for his side, Mancini has one eye firmly on the summer transfer window and admitted that he would be very interested to add Torres to his ranks as he aims to deliver a first Premier League title to the ambitious Eastlands outfit next season.

He said: "Fernando Torres is a fantastic striker. But all the teams in Europe are interested in him.

"We must get the rest of the matches out of the way first, then we will decide about other players."

"All the top players want to play in the Champions League.

"Next year we want to be a team who wins the Premier League. To do that we need top players."

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