With just over a month until the Premier League returns and with the summer transfer window firmly open, Manchester City are one of several sides who are taking a proactive approach to their summer recruitment.
Manchester Evening News reports that new City boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to hold talks with Serie A giants Roma about a possible transfer for striker Pablo Osvaldo as he looks to replace Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine international striker has finally left the Etihad Stadium after a controversial spell with the club in a £10 million deal with Juventus and City are now on the lookout for a suitable replacement for the former Manchester United man.
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo was thought to be Pellegrini’s main target but reports today from the local newspaper suggest that the Citizens could instead swoop for the Roma forward who netted 16 times for the Serie A outfit last term.
Although in a similar mould to Tevez, the Argentine-born Italian international striker is known for his hot streak and was in trouble with his attitude with the Rome club in recent times. The 27-year-old could be available for around £17 million this summer.