Manchester City have been encouraged to make a bid for Sampdoria starlet Pedro Obiang – by the Serie A side’s sporting director Pasquale Sensibile.
A report from talkSPORT claims the 20-year-old has been impressing Citizens boss Roberto Mancini with his recent performances and the Genoa club are ready to negotiate if the right bid comes out of the Etihad Stadium.
“Obiang is a mature guy and highly educated, in addition to his quality on the field,” Sensibile is quoted as saying in Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
“I am calm and not worried by this news. He will only leave Sampdoria for a large offer or when his contract ends [in June 2015].”
Mancini is an idol at Samp, having spent 15 years there as a player, and is reportedly keen to raid his former club for a player who has represented Spain at under-19, under-19 and under-21 levels.
Obiang was born in the Madrid area and was part of the youth set up at Atletico Madrid before moving to the Italian side when he turned 16.
He was given his chance to impress two seasons ago but did not cement his place in the first team until last season where Sampdoria were promoted from Serie B, Italy’s second tier.