Roberto Mancini to coach Italy national football team?

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BC-SOC-Mancini-Italy, 1st Ld-Writethru, 241Italian federation details talks with Roberto ManciniAP Photo FP150Eds: Updates with details.

Federation commissioner Roberto Fabbricini tells the ANSA news agency that after a meeting Monday, Mancini says he was "open to leaving his job with Zenit Saint Petersburg to become head coach of the national team".

The Zenit St Petersburg manager met with the Italian FA sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta and team director Gabriele Oriali in Rome on Monday evening.

Gazzetta added that the former Manchester City boss was offered a two-year contract until 2020 worth €4 million (S$6.4million) a year.

With Inter he won three Serie A titles and he guided City to their first Premier League triumph back in 2012.

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Gian Piero Ventura was dismissed after Italy surprisingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri losing a play-off against Sweden in November.

The 53-year-old former Italy forward is now at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Zenit are not happy that Mancini is moving on having only taken the job last June, though Zenit are only fifth in the Russian Super League standings with two matches remaining.

Luigi Di Biagio took charge of the team for their friendlies against Argentina and England in March on an interim basis. He has also lead ACF Fiorentina, SSC Lazio and Galatasaray to domestic cup titles during his brief tenures.

Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri had been a secondary candidate.

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