Ligue 1

Mancini Sets His Sights On Superstar

Can Mancini beat off interest for Sissoko from Lyon?

Manchester City are poised to make a move for Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko after meeting with the 20-year-old’s representatives in Paris last week.

Roberto Mancini has made no secret of his long-held admiration for Sissoko and would like to replace veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira with the man seen as his natural successor in the national team.

Toulous would be reluctant to lose their young star, however, and turned down a £15m bid from Tottenham in the January transfer window. Sissoko has expressed a desire to play in the Premiership and his contract is believed to include a £16.5m buyout clause, but, he has also stated that he is in no hurry to leave before his contract is up in 2012. If City’s bids to bring in Barcelona’s Yaya Toure or Fernandon Gago from Real Madrid are both thwarted then you can expect the whole might of Mancini’s spending power to be turned on luring Sissoko to Eastlands. The Frenchman has enjoyed another fine season in Ligue 1 although his performances did not earn him a place in Raymond Domenech’s World Cup squad in South Africa. City will face stiff competition from Lyon for the attacking midfielder’s signature, who, to Mancini’s eternal frustration, can offer him the mouth-watering incentive of Champions League football next season.

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