Zenit St Petersburg are keen on Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

The Mirror says Zenit see Manchester City manager Mancini as the man to replace Luciano Spalletti under whom the club are third behind CSKA Moscow in the Russian League.

Defiant Mancini has ­repeatedly insisted he has no fears about his future as cross-town rivals Manchester United edge ever close to dethroning his Premier League champions.

Mancini, who signed a five-year deal last summer, remains popular with City fans, who see him as the man to take them forward.

But he has seen a number of rival bosses linked with his job in recent weeks.