Sergio Romero, who started in goal for all of Argentina’s 2010 World Cup matches, is wanted as competition for Joe Hart, with Eastlands’ No.2 Shay Given understood to be heading to pastures new.
Mancini is in talks with Romero’s agent Mino Raiola.
Weekend speculation linking Shay with Manchester United has now been ruled out.
It’s also understood a bid by Neil Lennon to take both Shay Given and Craig Bellamy back to Celtic Park has been blocked by City.
Lennon had hoped to get both players on loan deals because the Hoops can’t afford lavish transfer fees.
But Mancini is insisting that both players are sold on, rather than loaned out.
Fraser Forster – the Hoops goalie last season – may not return to the club.
Newcastle have rejected a £1.5M offer for the player who was on loan last season.
Meanwhile Lennon admits winning the title next season is a must for Celtic.
“I think it is imperative that we do win it. Three years without the title is a long time for us,” said Lennon.
“From my own point of view, if you go two years as an Old Firm manager without a title, it might be very difficult to keep your job.
“The pressure of the job is always the same – win the league.”
Celtic were pipped to the title by Rangers on the final day of season 2010/11, the Ibrox side’s third consecutive championship.
They also lost in extra-time to their old rivals in the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup but finished the season by lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden by beating Motherwell.
“Some of the football we played last season was fantastic and we want to continue that,” said Lennon.
“We weren’t far away from achieving a domestic treble, but we fell short in two competitions and we want to improve on that next year.
“The expectation level is going to be greater because of the progress we made last year and that is a credit to the players.
“They have to accept that challenge and take it on as I do as a manager.
“If you can win a double or treble, brilliant, but to win the league is a must really.Tags: