Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed that he very nearly signed Fernando Torres when he was still a Liverpool player, The
The Spanish international made a record-breaking £50m move from Anfield to Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January 2011, but that could have been a totally different story had City stolen in. Mancini admitted that he has long been a fan of Torres, but the transfer sum, as well as City’s need for a target man, saw them opt to pay £27m for Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg. Torres has been largely unsuccessful at Chelsea, whilst Dzeko has thrived in his role as impact player at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini takes his City side to Stamford Bridge this weekend for a titanic clash at the top of the Premier League table. The Italian has admitted he is still a fan of Torres and told the tale of how he nearly signed the Spaniard, who has disappointed Blues fans with just 19 goals in 87 appearances.
The City boss said: “Was I ever interested in Torres? Yes, two years ago we had a chance. The price was too high, so instead, we went for Edin. We had four or five strikers in mind at this time. I still think he (Torres) is a good player. Every striker can have a difficult moment, but, for me, he is always dangerous.”
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