Serie A champions, Juventus, have entered the race to sign Manchester City centre-back Matija Nastasic, after Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that they may look into selling the 21-year-old, reports Metro.
The Serbian international, who left Italian side Fiorentina, in order to join City back in 2012, has struggled to break into the first-team under both Roberto Mancini and now Pellegrini, despite him having a great reputation as one of the top young defenders.
Struggling for game time
Nastasic has only managed to make 34 first-team appearances in his two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, being kept out of the side by the likes of; Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis.
After only making 20 appearances last season under Pellegrini, Nastasic has now been told by the manager that he can find a new club and move on this Summer in order to resurrect his career, and it looks like the Italian champions are favourites to land the Serbian.
Premier League side Arsenal have also shown interest in the centre-back, as they look to replace Thomas Vermaelen, who left the club earlier this month in order to join Spanish side FC Barcelona.
However, according to reports, Arsenal are closing in on signing Olympiakos defender, Kostas Manolas, in a £6million deal, which would clear the way for Juventus to sign Nastasic from City.
£12m price tag
It's being reported that City would want around £12million for their defender, which is roughly want they signed him for back in 2012, and Wenger is keen to sign a cheaper alternative, with Manolas costing half of what the Premier League defender does.
Juve, who have recently changed their manager, are looking to add to their squad ahead of the new season, where they will be trying to win the Serie A for the fourth time in a row.
A lot of the transfer talk surrounding Juve has been regarding the futures of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, but a positive bit of news for the club is that Pellegrini has said Nastasic needs to move on in order to play regular football.
Pellegrini said: ‘Matija needs to play. We already have four centre-backs, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala and Boyata, as well as four full-backs.
‘So we will see in the next few days what happens with Nastasic. He is an important player, but he has offers and I think the best thing for him is to play.
‘We will see what happens, but we have until the end of August to see what kind of offers we get for Matija.’
The Summer transfer window closes in 11 days.
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