Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down speculation linking him with a move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Italian was in the stands at Parkhead to watch the Bhoys lose 3-0 against Juventus on Tuesday night, with subsequent speculation claiming the Citizens chief was watching the Kenyan international.

However, Mancini denied that he was in the Scottish capital to make a personal check on the 21-year-old, and insisted it was the first time he’d ever seen the former Beerschot AC starlet play.

"I saw him for the first time against Juventus, I never saw him before. But every time I go to see a game, the next day people say 'Manchester City  want to buy this player’," said Mancini in a press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash against Leeds United, according to Sky Sports.

And, despite admitting that Wanyama is a good player, Mancini confirmed that he has no interest in bringing the player to the Etihad Stadium at this time.

"At the moment, no. I think he is a good player," he concluded.

Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Wanyama, with Metro reporting on Wednesday that the north London club had scouts in Glasgow to watch the player as well.

Arsene Wenger would need to spend in the region of £10million to bring the player to the Gunners, according to the paper, with the Frenchman currently finalising his list of transfer targets for the summer window.

And, with Mikel Arteta filling-in as a defensive-midfielder at the Emirates Stadium this season, Wanyama would be a more natural replacement for Alex Song, who left the club for Barcelona last summer.

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