Reports have been flying around about Roberto Mancini leaving Premier League Champions Manchester City to go to Ligue 2, but soon to be Ligue 1, side Monaco. The French side currently lead Ligue 2 and are most likely to be promoted next season to play among the big names of Ligue 1 such as PSG and Marseille which could be an interest for the Italian manager.
The Monaco owner, the 97th richest man in the world Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, has apparently offered Mancini a £170 million transfer budget if he is to abandon the Sky Blues and go to Monaco. Dmitry Rybolovlev has set his sights on securing a constant place in Ligue 1, whilst also entering the Champions League in the near future and he hopes Mancini will be able to do that.
This football transfer move had already been attempted before Man City won the Premier League last year. Mancini was offered to go to Monaco last year but he stuck with his guns and managed to pull off a great and historic league victory. Now the Monaco owner has upped the ante offering £170 million in transfer budget and a three-year contract worth £22 million in wages.
Rybolovlev has made it his target to make Monaco one of the big French sides again challenging the likes of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for the Ligue 1 title and getting back into the Champions League, which PSG are currently still in and face Barcelona on Tuesday night. If Mancini was to join Monaco, he would also join a league with former Premier League manager Carlo Ancelotti who helped Chelsea be crowned the Kings of England and is helping PSG lead the French division.
Following the astonishing Premier League triumph last year for Mancini, he isn’t doing so well this season, not even making the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Manchester City are 15 points behind rivals Manchester United in the chase for the league title and the only silverware they have a chance of lifting is the FA Cup.
This move might look appealing to the Italian manager as it is closer to his homeland and the money he is promised is an exceptional amount. If Mancini does not get the backing of his current club in the future transfer windows, he might join Monaco to spend the £170 million he should receive. However, it is also possible Mancini will be sacked if he does not win any silverware this season meaning that he almost certainly will take the deal and replace Claudio Ranieri, who only took over last summer and led Monaco to Ligue 1.
Author Daniel Foster.
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