Mancini in new English link
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports in Italy say Robero Mancini could very well link-up with Chelsea next summer.
Reports in Italy are again suggesting that Robero Mancini could very well link-up with English champions Chelsea next summer.
The Internazionale chief has never hidden his desire to move to England and he has once again insisted that the Premiership is his first option when he leaves The Giuseppe Meazza.
In-turn reports persist that Jose Mourinho will decide enough is enough after three years at Stamford Bridge - although only this week chief executive Peter Kenyon denied this was the case.
However, a number leading Italian sources are suggesting that Mancini and Mourinho could indeed end up swapping jobs.
Mancini now appears to be resigned to leaving Inter and setting off on a new journey.
"My contract with Inter expires in June 2007 and we haven't spoken of a renewal," he told Secolo XIX.
"I'll go coaching abroad - should I find a team. The first choice? England.
"The English league is the opposite of ours - they play to enjoy, people go to the stadiums - but there aren't any tensions.
"Italian football is unbearable and will never change."
Meanwhile, Mancini could have a new striker to pick with Inter in January as they have launched a bid for Valencia's Francesco Tavano.
The former Empoli man moved to Valencia in the summer but is struggling to get a look in with David Villa and Fernando Morientes forming a lethal partnership.
Los Che president Juan Soler confirmed an offer had been made - but he insists that they want Tavano to stay.
"Inter have offered é¼11 million (£7.5 million) but Tavano is an option for our future and is with us totally," said Soler.