Roma want 'best manager in England'

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Roberto Mancini was eager for his side not to be eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of lower-league oppositionGettyImagesRoberto Mancini could be on his way back to Italy with Roma interested in signing the former Lazio player.

The self-proclaimed 'best manager in England' - Manchester City's Roberto Mancini - could well be on his way back to his native Italy with Serie A giants Roma reportedly preparing to swoop for the former Inter Milan boss.

According to The Telegraph, the 48-year-old, who led City to their first Premier League title last season, could have the remainder of his £7.5 million-a-year contract torn up after the reigning champions fell a massive 12-points behind title leader and cross-town rival, Manchester United.

But don't expect the former Lazio player to be out of work for long, with Roma's American owners beginning to sniff around Eastlands as to his availability to take over from interim manager Aurelio Andreazzoli for next season.

Talking of City's exit door, Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko appears to be getting closer to taking his final bow for the club.

The Sun reports the 26-year-old could be on his way to reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund to replace leading scorer Robert Lewandowski - himself a target for Bayern Munich.

And the £20 million rated striker is jumping at the chance to play regular first-team football again, with the report suggesting the former Wolfsburg player would take a significant pay-cut from his £120,000-a-week salary to return to the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand could soon be swapping the pitch for a television camera with The Daily Mail reporting the former England international is being pursued by BT Sport to become its main football pundit.

Ferdinand's Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season and a move into broadcasting is a viable option, with Ferdinand already involved in a number of media projects.

But with the 34-year-old still the No. 1 choice at the back for the Red Devils, it may still be a few years before Ferdinand decides to hang up his boots.

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