Serie A champions Juventus, are seriously considering an £8million bid for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, after the Serbian has failed to breakthrough into the side's first-team, reports The Daily Mirror.
The 21-year-old was signed by the Premier League club two years ago in a deal worth just over £10 million, and he was predicted to become one of the best young centre-backs in world football, but his growth hasn't been as big as expected and he lost his place in the starting-XI last season.
After Manuel Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini, Nastasic's starting-place was distributed between Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis, but with reports suggesting City are in the market for a new centre-back this summer, it appears that the Serbian is still not in Pellegrini's thoughts.
Despite winning Manchester City's Young Player of the Season award in 2013, the 21-year-old only made 13 league appearances under Pellegrini and is now wanted by Italian champions Juventus.
Mehdi Benatia bid
The Serie A winners are preparing to make an £8m bid for the defender in hope that City will allow him to leave as they have eyes on AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, and Juve are keen on signing him for back-up in the defensive area.
It was Serie A where Nastasic came from after impressing City with his performances for Fiorentina, despite spending just a season there, but he could be in line for a quick return to Italy if the two champions can sort out a deal.
City have already lost Lescott from defence this summer, which has left them with just the three recognise central defenders, so it is unknown whether or not Pellegrini will allow Nastasic to leave.
It's believed that if the Premier League champions are successful in their pursuit for Benatia, they will then allow Nastasic to leave, but it's not known whether they would accept £8m, or whether they'd want to make money from the Serbian.
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