With the January transfer window just around the corner, teams are looking across Europe to strengthen their squads.

One player that has been on top of his game and has impressed is Benfica's central midfielder Nemanja Matic.

After leaving Stamford Bridge in 2011 as a part of the deal for David Luiz, the young Serbian has excelled to the top level and has attracted interest from top clubs across Europe.

According to Goal.com, the 25-year-old is the latest name to be found on Manchester City's shopping list, after scout Rob Newman has repeatedly watched the Serb in recent games.

Yet the Citizens will now enter a three-way battle for the Serb's signature and will have to fight with bitter rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Londoners are keen to sign Matic back and have been tracking for about a year, while the Red Devils are keen to add some creativity in the center of the park and David Moyes finds Matic as the perfect player to play alongside Michael Carrick.

The Sky Blues are even thinking to use former Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia as bait in any potential move for Matic.

Spaniard Garcia is out-of-favour at the Etihad under new boss Manuel Pellegrini having started only five times in the Premier League and has fallen down the pecking order behind Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

Yet no matter which of these teams makes a bid, the offer should be massive with the Portuguese club wanting the player's release clause to be matched, which stands at €45m.

Even if City include Garcia in the deal, they will have to shell out with around £25m.

All three teams have the money, but who will win the race for Matic?

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