Premier League duo make moves for Barcelona star

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is reportedly in constant contact with Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite Chelsea holding talks with the Swede last week.

Mancini managed Ibra whilst the pair were at Inter Milan and is currently looking to boost his striking ranks as he prepares for a title bid next season.

Recently reports in Spain said Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the former Juventus player when they stayed in the same Miami hotel last week.

Chelsea will be alerted to the fact that Rafael Benitez has left his post at Liverpool, though, because they are more intent on signing Anfield striker Fernando Torres, who is proven in the Premier League.

AC Milan are also interested but the Italians and Chelsea are thought to be baulking at Ibrahimovic’s wage demands, which are in excess of £150,000.

The Citizens, on the other hand, would be willing to break the bank to land the front man and believe Mancini’s good relationship with the player will give them the advantage.

Reports in Spain a few weeks ago suggested Ibrahimovic would not be interested in a move to England because of the weather but his agent, Mino Raiola, contradicted that view.

Raiola said: “English football may be of interest because it would be a great test. Everything depends on the club.”

Ibrahimovic is said to be unhappy at Barcelona because he has not been used enough and the signing of David Villa for £34 million will have only exacerbated his disillusionment at Camp Nou.

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