Matija Nastasic wanted by Inter Milan

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Inter Milan want Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic to aid their return to the top of Italian football, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The club have fallen on hard times as far as results are concerned and have failed to finish in the top four of Serie A since the 2010/2011 season.

Now in an effort to return to the upper echelons of the league, and perhaps just as importantly; the Champions League, the club have earmarked Nastasic as one of a number of possible January recruits.

Having raided the Premier League to sign Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic in the summer, Inter are also reportedly keeping an eye on Tottenham's Vlad Chiriches as they look to bolster their defence.

Attacking duo Joel Campbell and Fabio Borini are also rumoured to be on the clubs radar, though Inter are said to prefer loan deals for the strikers.

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City woes

Having joined City in the summer of 2012, Nastasic enjoyed an encouraging debut season in Manchester, making 30 appearances in all competitions and pushing Joleon Lescott out of the team.

However, last season his progress was stalled by a number of niggling injuries which would restrict him to just 13 league appearances.

Those injures would allow Martin Demichelis to take his place in the team as City claimed a second Premier League title.

Nastasic looked like he'd been given a chance by Manuel Pellegrini when he started the Community Shield, but the Serbian centre-back has not featured for the first team since.

Inter's issues

Inter's interest in the 21-year-old come as no surprise given their disappointing start to the campaign which has left them occupying ninth spot in the Serie A table.

The club currently sit five points adrift of a Champions League place, and given their size and history the hierarchy will demand an improvement in the coming months.

Having lost legendary skipper Javier Zanetti to retirement over the summer, former Manchester United star Vidic was signed in an attempt to sure up the defence.

While his presence has helped the club to five clean sheets in 11 games, more reinforcements could be on the horizon come January.

Italian links

City man Nastasic has previously been linked with Inter's city rivals AC Milan as well as table-toppers Juventus and Roma, and a January move would come as no surprise.

The 21-year-old has experience of Italian football having spent a season with Fiorentina prior to his move to City, and a return is likely to appeal to him.

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