Serie A giants Inter Milan must sign Matija Nastasic from Manchester City when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
The defender has become a forgotten man over at the Etihad Stadium, with Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Equilem Mangala all currently above him in the pecking order.
And with his exodus from the side showing no signs of abating going in to 2015, Roberto Mancini must raid his former club for the talented Serbian youngster in order to help turn his unsteady start to life at the San Siro around.
Mancini was the man who brought Nastasic to Manchester back in the summer of 2012 and could be the right person to resurrect his fortunes if the defender does move to the San Siro in the New Year.
The 21-year-old was an instant hit during his debut season at the club, but the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini in 2013 has ultimately seen him spend more time in the reserves than the first team.
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As the City juggernaut blasted their way to the title last term, the Serbian was forced to watch as Kompany and Demichelis formed the foundations for the rest of the team to excel, and was consequently limited to just 20 appearances in all competitions as a result.
The blockbuster arrival of Mangala has thrust him further towards the exit door, and despite the Frenchman struggling to adjust to English football all signs point to Nastasic leaving sooner rather than later.
Inter are keen to make additions to the squad in the New Year after a stuttering start to the season that has seen them sack Walter Mazzarri and bring Mancini back to the club in his place.
Nemanja Vidic’s arrival from Manchester United was meant to bring solidarity and experience to the back four, but his move has backfired and he could return to Old Trafford in January with Louis Van Gaal pondering a sensational swoop.
The side that won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 boasted strength throughout, and a back four consisting of four talented defenders could set them on the right path for similar success.
Mancini is the man charged with the rebuilding work, and must splash and cash in the transfer window to help turn their form around.
It seems inconceivable that Nastasic would opt to remain at the Etihad Stadium, and it seems just a matter of when and not if the defender departs.
Rudi Garcia’s Roma are also interested, but a reunion with Mancini could prove something too difficult to refuse if the Italian comes calling.
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