Speculation continues to grow over the future of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini following reports that the Russian Football Association are preparing to offer the Italian a monstrous deal to lure him into becoming the new boss of the Russian national team. However, despite the reports City’s hierarchy are believed to be confident of Mancini putting pen to paper and signing a new and improved deal.
The Russian FA are making the unusual decision to publish a list of candidates on their official website - including Mancini, Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello - which they will showcase on Tuesday, July 10. Former manager Dick Advocaat was the highest-paid manager at the recent European Championships (£5.5m a year) and the Russian FA are prepared to splash the cash in order to appoint a high-profile replacement, with tabloid newspapers stating will be in the region of £6million a year. Advocaat stepped down after a disappointing Euro 2012, with Russia failing to make it out the group stages, despite opening the tournament with a 4-1 thrashing of Czech Republic.
Meanwhile defending Premier League champions Man City are currently in a pre-season training camp in Austria. Paddy Power have the Sky Blues priced as the 5/4 favourites to retain their title, whil they are available at 7/1 to win the Champions League. You can also back City at 66/1 with Bet365 to go through the 2012/13 league season unbeaten.