City to take Luka at Modric as Mancini targets bid for Spurs playmaker
06:48 GMT, 30 March 2012
Roberto Mancini is ready to make Tottenham star Luka Modric one of his top summer transfer targets.
The Manchester City boss already has a wealth of talent in midfield with David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure.
But that won't stop him trying to prise Croatian Modric away from White Hart Lane.
Admirer: Roberto Mancini admitted he is a big fan of Luka Modric (left)
Mancini, who was on a 'pilgrimage' in Bosnia this week, told The Sun: 'Luka Modric is an outstanding footballer, a great player.
'He is definitely one of the best in the Premier League.'
Chelsea tried and failed to sign Modric last summer as Spurs stuck to their guns and rejected a bid of 40million.
And Mancini admits he will have a fight on his hands to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium.
'It is by no means easy to get him because he plays for a big club, Tottenham. It is unlikely that they would let him leave,' he conceded.
Work to be done: Mancini (left) hopes to win the Premier League title
'We are lucky to have another great player from these parts in Edin Dzeko.
'I have worked with quite a few players from these parts — not just Croatians, but Bosnians, Serbs and Montenegrins.
'I have many friends among them and I am very proud of it.
'They are really something special and they mostly play with invention and creativity.'
Mancini must prepare his side for the end-of-season run-in as he looks to wrestle the Premier League title from rivals and neighbours Manchester United.
Talent: David Silva is one of several creative players already at Manchester City
And he revealed his visit to Medjugorje had given him a much-needed boost.
'You can really fill your batteries here,' he added.
'Millions of people come here and they leave as better people.
'Faith has helped me and helps me a lot in life. I cannot say that it helped me in my playing and coaching career because the Lord has more important things to do.'