According to the latest reports in Italy, Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is on the verge of a move to German side Schalke 04 on loan with the option of a permanent deal.
The Serbian international joined with Citizens from Serie A side Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 in a deal worth around €15 million plus striker Steven Slavic.
He soon became involved in the first-team set-up under then-boss Roberto Mancini, pushing Joleon Lescott out of the team and winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award in his debut campaign.
Under Manuel Pellegrini, however, the 21-year-old has struggled to regain his place after missing out on much of last season through injury and he has subsequently fallen down the pecking order.
Mancini, now at Inter Milan, is said to be keen on taking the player to the San Siro though his attempts appear to be in vain as Sky Sports Italy report that Nastasic edges towards a move to the Bundesliga.
“The German club is on the verge of closing the deal for Manchester City's Matja Nastasic. The former Fiorentina centre-back was also being pursued by Milan and Inter, and now he's very close to joining Schalke on loan with option to buy,” the report states.
Nastasic has made 51 appearances in all competitions for City over the past two years, helping the club win the Premier League title and the League Cup.
Still very young and with bags of potential, the Etihad outfit will be hoping that a fruitful loan spell for the 6ft 2inch defender could see him return to the club and once again challenge for a first-team spot.