Done Deal: Manchester City Sign Defender Matija Nastasic
Manchester City have announced the signing of Serbian central defender Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina.
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Nastasic, 19, has made two senior appearances for Serbia. According to a BBC Sport report from Wednesday, the deal was expected to cost about £12 million.
Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic moved from Manchester City to Fiorentina as part of the deal.
Here's an excerpt from Manchester City's official release:
He has enjoyed a meteoric rise since being handed his debut at Fiorentina by Roberto Mancini’s former assistant, Sinisa Mihajlovic.
Although Mihajlovic didn’t last long in the managerial hotseat, Matija cemented a place in new boss Delio Rossi’s XI and didn’t have to wait long to pick his wits against some of Serie A’s most fearsome predators.
Nastasic’s name was made in the Viola’s 0-0 draw against AC Milan where the defender belied his years with a mature performance marking Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Matija could also become a threat from set-pieces for the Blues, thanks to his 6ft 2 frame but he showcased his composure on the ball for his first Serie A goal in February, with a well-taken finish on the volley against Cesena.
If Mancini does continue to experiment with a three-man defence this season, he’s signed a player with experience of playing in a similar system for most of last season alongside the experienced duo of Gamberini and Natali.
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