Russians want Eastlands boss to replace Luciano Spalletti.
Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg are lining up an audacious move for under-pressure Manchester City head-coach Roberto Mancini at the end of this season, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Italian has so far brought both the FA Cup and the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium, the latter of which resulted in the club’s Arab owners offering Mancini a new bumper five-year deal to remain at Eastlands last summer.
However, since Mancini put pen to paper on that new contract, City’s results and form have taken a nose dive, with the club looking like surrendering the Premier League title to arch rivals Manchester United this term, with speculation subsequently increasing in the British press that the former Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan coach could be let go in the summer.
And, if that were to happen, then Zenit see Mancini as being the ideal man to take over from Luciano Spalletti, who splashed out £64 million on new signings this season, only for the club to be sitting third in the table.