Mancini has revealed that he is holding weekly meetings with the club’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain to ensure that the mistakes that have left them trailing Manchester United are not repeated.
Names like Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Isco, Steven Jovetic and Fernandinho feature prominently on Mancini’s ‘A’ list of targets, says the Mirror.
Mancini said: “It’s difficult in January to find really good players for us.
“Clubs don’t want to sell now, but maybe they will in the summer. We need to work now, so that it is not like last year.
“Last year we didn’t work well. It’s important we start now. Now’s the time we can close in on some good players for the summer.
“I have meetings with Txiki every week and we talk about the summer.
“It will be easier to get players in the summer if we work hard, well and quickly now.
“You can’t start looking at players in May because all the good ones are gone and it becomes impossible.”