With many considering Modric to be the creative heart of the Tottenham midfield, the Croatian has no shortage of admirers. His refusal to extend his current contract at White Hart Lane is seen by many as an indication of his desire to leave the club in the near future.
Mancini confessed to the Sun that he would like to sign Modric for Manchester City, but he is aware that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be letting the playmaker go on the cheap.
"Luka Modric is an outstanding footballer, a great player, he is definitely one of the best in the Premier League." he said.
"But it is by no means easy to get him because he plays for a big club, Tottenham. It is unlikely that they would let him leave."
However, the Italian remarked that missing out on Modric would not hit City too badly, as they have a player of a similar mould in the form of Edin Dzeko.
"We are lucky to have another great player from these parts in Edin Dzeko. I have worked with quite a few players from these parts — not just Croatians, but Bosnians, Serbs and Montenegrins." Mancini shared.
"I have many friends among them and I am very proud of it, they are really something special and they mostly play with invention and creativity."
Manchester City will play Sunderland in their Premier League fixture this weekend.