On Thursday the Guardian reported on their website that Mancini spoke to the wealthy Ligue 2 outfit earlier this year with a view to joining them at the end of the last campaign.
It is claimed the Italian was offered a big-money contract and that the club expected him to sign.
All this, it is reported, occurred before Mancini led City to the Barclays Premier League title and subsequently signed a new five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium over the summer.
The 47-year-old has enjoyed considerable success at City since succeeding Mark Hughes in December 2009.
He oversaw the end of the club's 35-year trophy drought by guiding them to their FA Cup win in 2011 and then masterminded that first league crown in 44 years last season.
Bayern Munich are kings of Germany and hope to be crowned kings of Europe at Wembley later this month!
Borussia Dortmund hears Wembley Calling and are headed to London for the Champions League final.
adidas has added some color to the Predator line with this new colorway. Released on May 17. Be the first to own a pair.
The new PUMA evoSPEED 1.2 FG. A great new soccer cleat with classic look and first time for PUMA to be on the cleat.
The adidas Nitrocharge is the most talked about new cleat in years. It was released on May 15 and will take your pitch by storm.
The push for more color on their cleats, adidas has added the infrared colorway to the adiZero f50 Line.
Ajax has released their away soccer jersey for the 2013/14 season. Get in the Gear.
The Liverpool 2013/14 soccer jersey is available for pre-order. The Reds are eager to compete for silver next season.
Chelsea won the Europa League on Wednesday. The Blues defeated Benfica 2-1 on injury time goal from Ivanovic.
The Juventus jersey for the 2013/14 was released earlier this week. Be the first to wear the colors of the Old Lady.