MAMMA Mia! Manchester is going mad fer all things Italian these days.
Italian football legend PAOLO MALDINI and rocker LIAM GALLAGHER have gone into business together.
And the move comes hot on the heels of ROBERTO MANCINI's recent appointment as Man City chief.
Ex-AC Milan star Maldini has pumped a lot of lira into Pretty Green, Liam's thriving clothes business.
And the odd couple, who have known each other for years after meeting on an OASIS tour, have grand plans to become a leading fashion house in Europe.
A source said: "Liam has long been a fan of Paolo Maldini. They met when Oasis were on tour in Europe years ago and kept in touch.
"Paolo has had a long and distinguished football career and is starting to consider hanging up his boots for good.
"He has been looking into investment opportunities and Pretty Green came up in a conversation when Liam announced the big launch in London last year.
"A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes over the past month to make it happen but the money has now been agreed which will take Pretty Green to the next level."
I never thought I'd see one of the most famous footballers of all time discussing parkas with a lad from Burnage.
Maldini is just one of the army of heavyweights supporting the singer's clobber firm.
Big bucks investors on New York's Wall St have pumped in mountains of wedge and Liam, who released Be Here Now with the band in 1997, has put his money where his large gob is too.
Getting some other top names involved in the brand will only help sell more threads on the Continent.
He should tap up ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO too - he's a pal of NOEL's.
Former and current Oasis frontman Liam was waxing lyrical only this week about his admiration for Roberto Mancini's fashion taste.
The City gaffer, known as "Bobby Manc" to the Blues faithful, hit the headlines recently for his stylish take on wearing a scarf in Man City colours.
Liam said: "The scarf is cool. I want one. Mancini looks good, but then all Italians are cool."
None more so than Maldini.