Manchester City coach Fausto Salsano has admitted that the club are interested in Napoli's Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Salsano, a former Sampdoria star, complimented the players who have been pivotal to their side's fine form this season.
City were able to witness their play close up when Napoli drew with them 1-1 in their Champions League clash last month in England.
Salsano claims though that manager Roberto Mancini's interest goes even further back, as he revealed they were keen on Hamsik when he was at Brescia.
"I was the one who used to go and watch Hamsik for Brescia," Salsano told Radio Crc.
"Hamsik has become an important player with the right experience, while Lavezzi is devastating and can hurt people in one on one situations."
At the time Mancini and Salsano worked for Inter, but were beaten to the Slovakia international by Napoli who offered more money and got their man.
However, it seems the former Roma and Sampdoria player is not keen on letting Hamsik slip through their fingers once again.
"They are players we like because our objective is to do great things and win."