Sportbladet says Mancini believes Ibra can be the catalyst to launch a serious assault on the Champions League. He is convinced City's squad lack the 'win-at-all-costs' attitude of his former Inter Milan striker.
A close friend of Mancini is quoted saying: "Mancini knows that something has changed in the team. He has to find the right winning mentality and it's Ibrahimovic.
"Anyone who knows Mancini knows what a fighter he is. And he has been impressed by how Ibra managed the change to a new league. Sure, the French league is not the Premier League. But Zlatan shows that he is the best, he is too good for France.
"Outwardly, Mancini will officially deny any interest all the way until something eventually becomes clear in the summer."