Roberto Mancini makes the transfer calls

Roberto Mancini has stated that he has the final say in all Manchester City’s transfer dealings, despite the multi-millions of the club’s owners. The Eastlands side were bought over by Sheik Mansour, but despite this the Italian has the authority over additions to the playing squad.

“I am the ultimate authority, I participate in the life of the club and I organise the schedules for the players,” the ex-Inter Milan coach is reported to have said in The Daily Mail.

“I talk with agents and directors, as the first person they come to. Then, when a deal’s almost done, people from the administrative side become involved. I am fully involved, there is nobody above me, and that is obviously a new thing, but I work in a great club with extraordinary owners,” he concluded.

City are reportedly closing in on Samir Nasri, having completed the signing of Gael Clichy, but are thought to be worried about new UEFA regulations that state clubs cannot post more than €45m (£40.5m) aggregate losses. These stipulations have serious repercussions, with the threat of removal from the Champions League for teams that do not comply, and may be a key reason for the Manchester club’s reluctance to spend transfer fees equivalent to previous transfer windows.