Manchester City centre-back Matija Nastasic could finally be on his way out, as Schalke 04 have emerged as favourites to sign the forgotten man at the Etihad.
The Serbian international has fallen out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini after failing to recover from a knee injury over the summer. The Chilean manager has already issued his belief that Dedryck Boyata is a better option at centre-back, despite Nastasic coming close to winning City’s player of the season under Roberto Mancini.
Slipping down the pecking order
Even though Boyata is three years Nastasic’s senior and has gone out on loan twice since joining the club in 2006 he is still considered a better youth prospect at the Etihad.
Still only 21, Nastasic has the potential to be one of the best defenders in Europe and former boss Mancini had been hoping he arrange a re-union with the Serb at Inter Milan.
Schalke's English raid
But it would appear that Schalke have managed to fight off competition from the Nerazzurri, according to The Guardian, as the Gelsenkirchen side look to complete a double Premier League swoop - they've also made enquiries for Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho.
Nastasic is not the only likely exit from the blue half of Manchester this January, with Scott Sinclair heavily linked with a £2.5 million transfer to Aston Villa as the Citizens look to free up some funds for the capture of Wilfried Bony.