Roberto Mancini - The Footballing World

I need to buy a defender – Mancini

Inter manager Roberto Mancini admitted he wants to buy a defender before the end of the January transfer window but says his Italian Serie A outfit are struggling to identify a quality target.

The 50-year-old’s side have already recruited winger Xherdan Shaqiri, forward Lukas Podolski and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on loan from Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb respectively, but Mancini is eager to do more business.

Centre-backs Juan Jesus and Marco Andreolli and right-back Jonathan are already on the sidelines injured, meaning back-line men are the Italian boss’s top transfer priority, but his search for signings has hit a stumbling block.

“At the moment we’re working on other areas but it’s not easy to find players capable of changing things for you in January,” he said, as quoted by Goal.

“Do we need a striker? We need other things. You build a team from the back.”

“At the moment we only have one fit centre-back. We certainly need someone in defence and probably in midfield too.”

“We’re going to be playing three games a week soon and we need as well-rounded a squad as possible.”

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