City tracking talented Spanish midfielder.
Manchester City have entered the running to sign Spanish star Pedro Obiang.
The 20-year-old is rated one of the best young talents in Europe and has been earning rave reviews for Sampdoria in Serie B.
The talented midfielder, who is also known as Perico, has already been compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira and has attracted strong interest from Chelsea and Tottenham as well as a number of clubs in Italy including Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma.
Chelsea’s new interim coach Rafael Benitez is believed to be a big admirer of Obiang and could make a move to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
But Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been monitoring his progress and has even travelled to Italy to watch him in action.
City look the strong favourites to clinch his signature as they would be willing to offer around £15m which Sampdoria are looking for.
Manchester City’s search for a holding midfielder has seen them regularly linked with Roma stalwart Daniele De Rossi in the past six months but it could be another player from Italy – Pedro Obiang – who arrives at the Etihad in January.
Tough-tackling Obiang has been on imperious form in the Serie B this season and his physical style looks ideally suited to the Premier League.
The Spanish midfielder left Atletico Madrid for Sampdoria when he was just 16 but only began playing regularly for the Italians last season, after the club’s shock relegation to Italy’s second tier.
With impressive technique and great stamina, Pedro Obiang now controls the midfield for Sampdoria and has been capped for Spain at youth level.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus have also been linked with the Blucerchiati youngster, suggesting that City will face competition for his signature in January.
And interestingly, Roma have also been credited with an interest in the powerhouse. If Roberto Mancini does revive his interest in his compatriot De Rossi, Roma could well look to Obiang as a replacement, an arrangement which could suit all parties.
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