Manchester City are lining up a move for Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic, who has been labelled the ‘new Nemanja Vidic’, The Sun claim.
The Premier League champions are eager to bolster their squad before the end of the transfer window, with the centre of defence one of the areas that Roberto Mancini wants reinforcements in.
After attempts to sign Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel run aground, Mancini has been forced to look abroad for new players.
With moves for Javi Martinez and Javi Garcia coming to dead ends also, the Etihad Stadium outfit are set to raid Fiorentina for Nastasic.
The 19-year-old has impressed since moving to the Stadio Artemio Franchi last summer from Partizan Belgrade, and is valued at around £12 million.
It is believed that City are close to agreeing terms with the Viola over a switch for the Serbian centre-back, that will see misfit Stefan Savic move the other way.
By Gareth McKnight