Roberto Mancini admits Inter have to target the Scudetto, but “Yaya Toure would’ve totally changed the team.”
The Nerazzurri had been very close to securing the midfielder from Manchester City this summer.
“Nobody like Yaya could’ve totally changed the team,” Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s a player of a superior level. With him we would’ve made an enormous step forward in every aspect. He wanted to come here, then changed his mind…
“Paulo Dybala was also an objective, one of the first targets. There were two or three clubs after him and in the end Juventus got there.”
Inter have started the campaign with two consecutive victories over Atalanta and Carpi, albeit with late goals, so are they targeting the title?
“The big teams must always start off with the aim of reaching the top and Inter are a big team. Maybe we might not have the same chances initially as Juve and Roma, who have been up there for years with players who’ve been together for a while, but we always aim for the highest branch.
“It takes time, but there is a solid base. We have to get everything in order quickly and the next 10 games will be very important for our prospects.
“I’d say Inter and Milan are on a par, as Roma, Napoli and Juventus are still ahead of us.
“I talk to President Erick Thohir often, on the phone at least twice a week and he also sends me text messages. It was different with Massimo Moratti because he was in Milan, but Thohir is an important presence too.
“Did he ask me for Champions League qualification? Of course. Anything below third place wouldn’t be good, let’s say…”