Chelsea are back in the race for Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o, with Manchester City denying a swap deal will take place for Carlos Tevez.
"It's not true," Mancini said in Dublin last weekend, when asked if a swap deal for City and Inter was on the cards.
"It's not easy to find players who will improve us. We can choose between two or three. But if we get these we don't need other players.
“We've been working for two to three weeks. It's not easy. We need players to change our squad. It's the first time we will play in the Champions' League."
Mancini’s insistence that Eto’o is not making a move to City will no doubt come as a boost to Chelsea, who have been reportedly targeting the star for some time.
While Chelsea were waiting to make their moves in the transfer window until they found a new manager, now that Andre Villas-Boas has been in the post for over a month, fans and pundits alike are anticipating when he will make his first big money signing.
City’s swap deal of Eto’o for Tevez would have put United’s reported plans to buy Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan into disarray as well, with Inter surely not willing to let go of two of their stars this summer.
But should Chelsea purchase Eto’o, United will face the same problem, and Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the situation very closely.