Mancini in Figo hope
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roberto Mancini has told <EM>skysports.com</EM> he wants to take Luis Figo to Inter.Roberto Mancini has told skysports.com he wants to take Luis Figo to Internazionale.
The Portugal international appears poised to leave Santiago Bernabeu before the start of the new season and has a clutch of clubs on his trail.
Liverpool have been long-standing suitors of the winger but their swoop hit an impasse due to Real demanding a fee.
However, reports now claim Real are willing to let Figo leave for free, providing the 32-year-old does not ask to be paid up on the final year of his contract.
That decision would reignite the transfer battle, with Inter hoping to pip Liverpool to Figo's signature.
Inter are exploring the possibility of signing the mercurial talent but, like his Reds counterpart Rafa Benitez, Mancini accepts the transfer is fraught with problems.
"I would have no problem in giving the go-ahead for Luis Figo because his value cannot be disputed at all," Mancini told skysports.com.
"I only have to say it's not easy to sign such a high-profile player so I think negotiations will take some more time."
Mancini is also chasing Figo's Real team-mate Walter Samuel and Roma defender Cristian Chivu but the Inter chief concedes those deals are equally troublesome.
He added: "It's the same situation as Figo.
"We are talking about two excellent defenders so it won't be easy to convince their clubs to sell them.
"If any of the two should join Inter, it would be great news for us."
Earlier this summer, Mancini released Christian Vieri, only to see the striker join city rivals Milan, although the former Italy international has no quarrel with the switch.
Mancini continued: "That's the way football is. Sometimes people part company for many reasons but, as long as he worked under me, Vieri did all I asked him to do.
"I only wish him good luck for his future."