Mehdi Benatia is thought to be valued in the Italian capital around £30million with the Citizens said to be hopeful of bolstering their defensive lines ahead of the new campaign.
A former Marseille academy graduate, the Morocco international has been linked with a move to the Etihad for a number of weeks after an impressive season in Serie A after signing for Roma in 2013 from Udinese.
City have already agreed a free transfer for Arsenal and France right-back Bacary Sanga as well as a deal for Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando formerly of FC Porto.
It would appear manager Manuel Pellegrini sees boosting his team’s protection at the back as his highest priority this summer, which is not surprising given the huge array of attacking talent the Chilean coach has at his disposal in Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Álvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and attacking midfielders Samir Nasri, David Silva and Yaya Toure.
However, City were found out defensively last term at the highest level in the Champions League against Barcelona. While captain Vincent Kompany is one of the finest centre-backs in the world at present, the likes of Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott failed to convince.
Lescott has now left the club while Demichelis’s future remains uncertain after a number of high profile and costly mistakes made since he moved to the Etihad last summer.
Young Nastasic is a fantastic prospect for the future but Pellegrini will need experience as well as quality if he intends to defend City’s Premier League title next term and Benatia would represent exactly that.