Roberto Mancini has hinted he is ready to make a move for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie this summer - but admits he may struggle to land the Dutchman.
Talks over extending Van Persie’s contract with the Gunners which expires next summer are believed to have been put on hold while the 28-year-old focuses on his country’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Juventus are said to be amongst the clubs interested in landing the prolific striker, who finished last season as Premier League top scorer, while Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the former Feyenoord frontman.
City could be preparing for the departure of up to three strikers, with Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez all linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, although the latter two are likely to stay.
Mancini admits he will delve into the transfer market should any one of those three leave, and says that signing Van Persie may be a possibility, although he ruled out a move for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani because of his price tag.
“We will sign a striker if one of our forwards will leave," Mancini told Tuttosport. "We want to keep all of them.
"[Robin] van Persie is a top class player. His situation is different than the [Gael] Clichy and [Samir] Nasri ones, when we signed them. It was difficult to keep them at London for [Arsene] Wenger.
"It's impossible to sign [Edinson] Cavani at his current price, Van Persie it's different. Cavani has everything. I wanted him when I was at Inter and he didn't score so many goals."
He added of Tevez and Balotelli’s future with City: “I forgive [Carlos] Tevez and his goals were useful for the title. He will stay at City if he does not ask to be sold. [Mario] Balotelli will stay for sure."