Serie A side AC Milan are keen on signing Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan in January with a view to making it permanent in the summer, according to talkSPORT.
The Serbian international, who has failed to break into the City first-team since arriving from Fiorentina back in 2012, could be set to leave the Etihad Stadium after just two years after falling further down the pecking order under Manuel Pellegrini.
Out of favour
The highly-rated 21-year-old was signed two years ago from Italian side Fiorentina, but has only made 34 appearances for the English side, and was told by Pellegrini that he could leave during the Summer.
However, no move materialised and the Serb was forced to stay with the Citizens.
Nastasic was already low on the pecking order in Manchester, but was pushed further down once the club splashed £32 million on Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto, leaving the youngster as fourth choice.
The centre-back is behind the likes of; Vincent Kompany, Mangala and also Martin Demichellis, and the 21-year-old is growing frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities.
According to reports, City's rivals, Arsenal, failed in a last-ditch bid to sign the Serbian on Transfer Deadline Day, but it's believed that a move will take place in the Winter window, with AC Milan keen on signing him on a temporary basis.
Milan boss, Filippo Inzaghi, is keen on signing the defender, who hasn't featured since the Community Shield in August, and is believed to want to sign him on loan, before potentially making it a permanent deal next Summer.
Serie A impact
Nastasic made his name in Serie A with Fiorentina, making 26 appearances in one season with the Italian side, but since his move to the Premier League, his career has stalled due to competition and also due to constant injury issues.
Due to his injury-hit time in Manchester and also other options at his disposal, Pellegrini may choose to loan out the defender, and will most likely look to sell him on permanently next Summer.