Roma make offer for Man City manager Mancini

Serie A side Roma have offered Roberto Mancini a way out of Manchester City with a return to Italian football next season, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper adds that the capital club would be willing to pay Mancio £4.5m per year.

Mancini only signed a long-term contract with City last summer, tying him to the Premier League champions until 2017, in theory, with a pay packet of £7.5m-a-year. His position is much less secure at City today than it was last summer, however, as City have gone from beating Manchester United to the title on the last day of the season, by goal difference, to trailing their near neighbours by 12 points with three months of the season still to play.

Roma sacked Zdenek Zeman earlier this month and Mancini was in Italy to watch Roma play Sampdoria. The Telegraph claims that Mancini, a former Lazio player, is the front-runner to replace Zeman on a permanent basis once the caretaker spell of Aurelio Andreazzoli comes to an end at the close of the season.

Mancini’s links with Lazio, Roma’s city rivals, are not set to be an issue as the club seeks a high-profile manager, with former Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti said to also be on the list of names considered. Ancelotti is currently in charge at Paris Saint-Germain but his position may not be secure as Jose Mourinho considers his next step in management.

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