Monaco to offer Mancini huge budget to leave Man City

Roberto Mancini will have a transfer budget of £170m if he agrees to leave Manchester City and the Premier League for Monaco, the Daily Mirror has reported.

It is the second time the principality club have tried to tempt Mancini away from the Etihad Stadium, having made their first approach last season. Mancini however signed a long-term contract with City in the summer, having taken the club to their first league title in more than 40 years. Monaco are though willing to offer Mancini a three-year contract worth £22m.

Claudio Ranieri is the current Monaco manager and has taken the club to the verge of promotion from the French second tier, Ligue 2. Former France national team boss Laurent Blanc is also said to be a contender to replace Ranieri as Monaco seek a big name boss to take the helm upon their return to the top flight.

Monaco are bankrolled by Dimitry Rybolovlev, one of the world’s richest men, who is targeting the Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain as he seeks to return Monaco to the top of French and continental football. The Red and Whites were relegated in 2011 and last won the Ligue 1 title in 2000. They also finished as runners-up to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in the 2004 Champions League.

Mancini’s future at City has been called into question this season after City fell 15 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table and failed to get past the group stage of the Champions League, finishing bottom of the group. City are however into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they play either Chelsea or United at Wembley.

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