Inter claim Mancini move
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The move ends months of speculation regarding Mancini's future with Inter linked with the former Italian international for some time.
Zaccheroni resigned as coach on Tuesday morning clearing the way for Mancini's appointment.
Inter president Giacinto Facchetti announced the appointment at a shareholders meeting, but Lazio plan a legal battle as he is still under contract at the Stadio Olimpico.
"We found the agreement with Mancini. Only a few particulars of the contract are lacking, but I think there won't be big problems," revealed Facchetti.
"From yesterday he's practically definitively with us.
"Until three days ago Moratti told me we could continue with Zaccheroni. I've spoken with Zaccheroni, he asked me few times and then the day after he told me he had not the intention to continue, not feeling he had everyone's faith.
Lazio president Ugo Longo was surprised by Inter's announcement insisting no deal has been settled.
"I find it very hard to believe that Inter have named Mancini as their new coach," said Longo.
"He has a contract with Lazio until 2008 and no Inter representative, nor Mancini himself, have asked for it to be terminated.
"He cannot sign two contracts, so we will wait and see what our rights are in this situation. It would certainly be an incomprehensible move by both parties, as there are federal rules about contracts and they must be respected. We didn't plan for this sort of thing."
Despite the legal wrangle Inter are set to officially announce a deal for Mancini to take charge of the club for next season.
Other important news to come out of the shareholders meeting is that two bids have been made for Christian Vieri and that Inter have made an offer for Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids.
Juventus and Real Madrid are believed to be the two clubs that have made offers for Vieri and Inter revealed they will consider the bids.
Vieri's future has been the subject of intense speculation for some time, but with Zaccheroni now gone he may decide to stay on and see how things develop with Mancini.
Inter have held a long-term interest in Davids, who is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Juventus.
Barcelona are favourites for Davids after he enjoyed a successful loan spell in Spain, but Inter are hoping to persuade him to stay in Italy.