Roma eye Manchester City playmaker as Miralem Pjanić replacement

Italian side Roma have set their eyes on Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri as they seek a replacement for Miralem Pjanić, who left the club for Serie A champions Juventus earlier this summer.

Rome-based newspaper Leggo is reporting that Nasri appeals to Roma and that Pep Guardiola has made him available for transfer. Nasri is currently making headlines for returning for pre-season ‘a little bit overweight’, in the words of Guardiola, and has not played a single minute of football in the two pre-season games he has been available for.

Roma would look at a deal similar to the one that saw Edin Džeko head to the Stadio Olimpico last summer, which would see 29-year-old Nasri head to Rome on loan with either an option or obligation to buy for a fee of €15 million (£12.7 million).

This deal will only be possible if Roma can receive the economic benefits of qualifying for the Champions League group stage. Like City, they will enter the final qualification round and must win a two-legged tie to enter the tournament proper. If they succeed, Nasri could become a concrete target for the Giallorossi.

City and Roma have build a good relationship over recent years, with Maicon and Džeko both joining the Italian club from City. They also remain keen on Pablo Zabaleta, but that is dependent on City acquiring another right-back, such as Héctor Bellerín, which would make the Argentine available for transfer.

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