Mancini admits Cerci interest as Lennon rumours are dismissed

The Inter boss is already looking to the January transfer window after admitting there is still “a little fear” within his squad following their draw with Lazio.


Inter head coach Roberto Mancini has dismissed reports linking the Serie A side with a move for Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon – but admits he is a fan of Alessio Cerci.

The Italian outfit are expected to be active in the January transfer window after a moderate first half of the season which has left them lying in 11th place.

Reports have linked Inter with a possible move for Lennon next month, though director Piero Ausilio stated earlier on Sunday that there had been no talks concerning the England international.

And Mancini has confirmed he is not looking to the Spurs man as a transfer option, though he did suggest Atletico Madrid forward Cerci was a more viable target.

After drawing 2-2 with Lazio, Mancini told reporters: “Lennon? We have not talked about him. This is not part of our plans, but there will probably be other players if we can get them.

“Cerci? He’s a possibility, but we’ll have to wait. He’s an Atletico Madrid player. We certainly lack players of a top level in that role.

“However, the team must continue to work regardless of any purchases. We have to find the right continuity for the whole of the game and this can only be done by working.”

Inter have only won one of their past six home games in Serie A after Felipe Anderson’s double put Lazio in control at half-time before Mateo Kovacic and Rodrigo Palacio hit back.

“We made mistakes and we make two steps forward, but one step back,” added Mancini. “But it will take time and I have to improve so many areas.

“I never thought we could change everything in a month and we would become Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

“There is a little fear there at San Siro, especially when things go wrong. We have to overcome this, but we’ll make it.”

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