Mancini: Inter want quality players like Dybala

The San Siro boss is keen to strengthen his squad and refused to deny interest in the Argentine, but rejected reports that Yaya Toure is set to sign

Roberto Mancini has hinted that Inter have entered the race to sign in-demand Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.

The Argentine has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Juventus in recent weeks, after scoring 12 goals in 27 Serie A appearances this term.

Now, having previously spoken of the need to bolster his Inter squad at the end of the season, Mancini has expressed his interest in Dybala’s potential.

“Dybala is a quality player, he’s young and I think he’ll become a top-class forward,” the Nerazzurri coach told reporters on Friday.

“Inter are a big club and naturally we’re looking for quality players so we can start winning again.”

However, Mancini dismissed reports that Inter are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City for star midfielder Yaya Toure.

The Ivory Coast international was a part of Mancini’s 2011-12 Premier League-winning side at the Etihad and has been heavily linked with a reunion with his former boss at San Siro this summer. 

“There are no talks about Toure,” the former Italy international stated.

“I’ve always said he’s a Manchester City player but we’d be delighted if we could sign him for Inter.”

Inter, who turned to Mancini after parting company with Walter Mazzarri in November, are without a win in their last four league outings and face an uphill battle to gain a European spot this season.

They sit 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of basement boys Parma, 10 points behind fifth-place Napoli and Italy’s final Europa League slot, but Mancini is remaining upbeat.

“We have to do our best over our last 10 matches. It’s not easy to take over mid-season but you can only get results with time and through hard work,” the Inter boss added.

“We have to be patient but I really believe we’ll take Inter back to the top. Obviously we still have to improve but we’ve become a team and we take the game to our opponents. 

“We’ve all got something to prove between now and the end of the season and it’s important to get results in the last stage of the campaign.

“If we play like we did [in a 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria prior to the international break], we’ll definitely win a lot of matches. Our aim is to qualify for Europe and we still have a chance of doing so.”

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