Roberto Mancini is keeping hold of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, but warns Roma's “Daniele De Rossi would be perfect for Manchester City.”
The manager gave an interview to the Gazzetta dello Sport magazine, Extra Time, looking over the various transfer stories around his club this summer.
“Samir Nasri will arrive, but De Rossi would be perfect for Manchester City. With those two, we really would be competitive,” said Mancini.
“However, I fear Daniele will stay at Roma for life, just like Francesco Totti.”
Inter have been linked with a bid for want-away hitman Tevez, although it's reported they are only willing to take him on loan.
“When Massimo Moratti was in Dublin for that friendly, we talked about private matters, as we hadn't seen each other in a while. We decided to keep in contact in case anything should occur, but did not hold transfer negotiations.
“Tevez requested a transfer, but we won't sell him for a cut-price sum. You can forget the idea of him leaving on loan. As for Wesley Sneijder, we never talked about him.”
Balotelli revealed he was unhappy in Manchester and felt homesick for Italy, so a return to Serie A is possible for Milan, Napoli or Palermo.
“Mario is the greatest Italian talent of his generation and has everything needed to be world class, but must understand he needs to work hard. He has concentration problems and a heart of gold.
“I care about him the way I do my own son, but I won't give him any leeway. He will remain at City.”