Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been rewarded for his Premier League exploits last season with an improved contract which will take the Italian past Sir Alex Ferguson in the league managers’ wage table.
Mancini, who is reported to be making £5 million a year at Eastlands, still has a year left on the three-and-a-half year deal that he signed in December 2009. That figure, which is close to what Ferguson earns at Old Trafford, however is set to be upscaled by City’s oil-rich owners to a massive £7 million, which will bring Mancini close to the £7.2 million paid to Arsene Wenger, the Premier League’s highest earning manager.
The Citizens are set to announce the deal next week, with Mancini expected to start scouring possible transfer targets with the club’s heirarchy in the coming month.
The Premier League champions are keen to ensure that their manager like the players is the best paid in the League, and will also hope that by tying him down to a new contract, they will ensure that he does not draw too much attention from the Italian football federation should the nation’s top job open up after the Euros.