Mancini could be my Ronaldo, says Sven

Last updated at 17:23 09 January 2008

Sven-Goran Eriksson is determined to bring Roma winger Mancini to Manchester City, according to reports in the Italian press.

The Brazilian is contracted to the Serie A club until 2009 but is not expected to sign a new deal with Luciano Spalletti's side.

And Eriksson is clearly a fan, seeing him as a player capable of rivalling Cristiano Ronaldo of city rivals Manchester United.

"I want Mancini here immediately as he is the ideal man to strengthen my

squad," Eriksson told Il Romanista.

"He could become my Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Money isn't a problem for us, but it depends on whether Roma want to sell


"I know that contract talks have hit a brick wall, but we will have to talk to

his agent Gilmar Veloz."

City have so far signed Mexico international Nery Castillo on loan from

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and have had a bid rejected by Marseille for

France striker Djibril Cisse.