Matija Nastasic could join Arsenal for just £5m

Nastasic featured in City's 3-0 loss to the Gunners in the Community Shield.  (©GettyImages)

Many fans believed Manchester City had just purchased a future star when they snapped up Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina in 2011.

In reality, he really hasn't lived up to the billing. Getting in ahead of Vincent Kompany is hard enough, but after City spent £32m on Eliaquim Mangala this summer, Nastasić has found first team places even scarcer than before.

Impressive

Despite an impressive first season at City, winning the club's Player of the month for November and their young player of the year award, Goal has now reported that City are looking to offload the player who suffered horribly with injuries last campaign.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Serbian, and it is believed that Nastasić, who is craving first team football, would love a move to the red side of North London, with Spurs rumoured to be interested also.

Talent

Nastasić may not exactly be a World Cup winner, or have a transfer fee that makes you believe that he's going to be world class, but he is a decent player. At just £5m, you could have six of him against Mats Hummels, and still enough money left over to get a few half time burgers.

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Joking aside, for me, the Nastasić transfer makes perfect sense. City want to sell, Arsenal need a defender. Pellegrini will know he can squeeze Arsenal for more than he'd planed on selling Nastasić for, and although he won't want him going to a Premier League rival, bringing in Nastasić won't transform Arsenal into title contenders straight away.

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