Roberto Mancini has once again lamented the lack of spending at Manchester City this summer as the Premier League winning manager gave up on his number one target, Robin van Persie. City were first on the scene when the Arsenal striker became available but with the money-men not backing the manager, cross-town rivals Manchester United have emerged as the only possible destination for the Dutchman.
Speaking to the gathered press ahead of this weekendâ€™s Community Shield clash against Chelsea, Mancini said: â€œVan Persie is not our player. He is an Arsenal or United player.â€
The manager then turned his focus to his favourite whipping doll, Director of Football Brian Marwood. City are trying to balance their books before UEFAâ€™s Financial Fair Play ruling takes effect and Marwood has only followed club orders by intending to reduce the wage bill before making further purchases.