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Roberto Mancini admitted on Friday that the next seven days will shape Manchester City’s season and confirmed he has not given up on prising Daniele De Rossi away from Roma.

In a stance that will shift the  spotlight once more on to football administrator Brian Marwood,  Mancini insisted he needed ‘two or three’ more signings before next Friday’s transfer deadline to sustain a challenge in the Premier League and Champions League.

One of them may yet be Roma and Italy midfielder De Rossi, despite a public declaration earlier this week that he was staying put.

Sportsmail revealed that was more an attempt to allay public disquiet than any definitive statement on his future, and Mancini appeared to echo the belief that Roma would be hard-pressed to turn down a pre-deadline bid.

Asked if he was convinced by De Rossi’s pledge, Mancini, who ruled out another approach for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and denied any interest in Inter Milan’s Maicon, smiled and said: ‘I don’t know about this. It is difficult, but I don’t know what can happen. From my  experience, while the window is still open, anything can still happen for every player.’

A £30million asking price could  still prove an obstacle to a deal going through, just as Athletic Bilbao’s near-£32m valuation of Javi Martinez looks like proving prohibitive. Mancini is aware Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Martinez has hit a snag over how the fee should be paid but fears the cost is ‘too high for us’.

The City manager, who is close to adding 23-year-old Swansea winger Scott Sinclair to £12m acquisition Jack Rodwell, is still demanding action to guard against a repeat of last season’s European woes.

‘If we are going to do something in the Champions League, we need to improve,’ said Mancini.
‘In the Premier League, you can make some mistakes and lose one game, or one goal, but still have time to recover. In the Champions League, this is not the case.

‘The reason I want to improve the squad now is because I want to improve for the Champions League.

‘If we are to be competitive on both fronts, we need maybe two or three more players.  The Premier League and Champions League are at the same level, then you have the FA Cup and League Cup.

‘When you think of that, and  realise that in January we will lose Yaya and Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak to the Africa Cup of Nations, it is clear we could have a serious problem.’

With Sergio Aguero out injured, Mario Balotelli is in line to reclaim a starting place against Liverpool on Sunday. Mancini despaired at the way Balotelli picked up two yellow cards in quick succession at Anfield last season and admitted he is still unsure what to expect from his  maverick striker.

Breaking into a broad smile, after being asked if he noticed a new maturity about the Italy striker at this summer’s European Championship, Mancini said: ‘Mario is the same. The Euros may have helped him improve his ways, but I don’t think he can change too much in one month.’

Source: DailyMail

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