Donsah, 18, moved to Palermo from Ghanaian side DC United Agogo in 2012, before being loaned out to Hellas Verona for the 2013-14 campaign, where he made just one senior appearance.
Transferring to Cagliari in the summer for around £2.2 million, the Ghanaian teenager has since featured 16 times for Gianfranco’s Zola side and his impressive performances are said to have attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.
City scouts were even understood to have been at the Stadio Sant’Elia to watch him in action in Monday night’s Serie A clash against Inter Milan, with the youngster acknowledging their presence when speaking to reporters after the 2-1 defeat.
“I'm happy that a Manchester City scout has come to watch me,” he was quoted on Di Marzio. “I am inspired by Essien, when he played for Chelsea.
“But here I feel good and we are a great group. Inter are a great team, and we were punished immediately.”
A versatile prospect, Donsah can fill either a holding or box-to-box midfield role, and is even capable of filling in at right-back in a pinch.
A summer move could well be on the card but, before then, his focus will be on helping the 18th-placed Sardinian club out of the relegation zone over their remaining 14 top-flight fixtures.