Manchester City have vowed not to give up their efforts of signing Fiorentina midfielder Alessio Cerci after the club admitted their failure in signing him in the summer transfer window reports talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old winger has attracted the attention of a number of potential suitors after a string of impressive performances in Serie A.
But Citizens boss Roberto Mancini reveals Cerci has been on his radar for some time, since he was a Roma player on loan at Pisa - and says he has tracked his progress ever since.
"I have followed him since his days at Pisa in the 2007/08 season," Mancini confirmed. "He was just 20 but immediately did things that were extraordinary.
"He is one of the few players who are able to win a game on their own. If I could have I would have brought him to the Premier League a year ago."
City's failure to bring Cerci to the Etihad Stadium this summer, passed unsurprisingly under the radar, after the club successfully completed a record-breaking £38million deal for Sergio Aguero, and added to their array of attacking talent with the £24million capture of Samir Nasri.
But Mancini still holds the Fiorentina star in high regard, and says the door will always be open to him at Manchester City.
"We have tried again this summer because I thought he might make an important contribution and mix well with the players here at [Manchester] City," he continued.
"But we could not complete the transaction and in all honesty I must say that I understand Fiorentina."