Manchester City keen on summer swoop for Serbian Adem Ljajic
Manchester City will turn to Roma’s Serbian starlet Adem Ljajic to bolster their attacking threat for next season, with Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League champions expected to make a bid this summer.
The top-flight’s second-placed side, 10/3 with Coral to retain their title, will hope to secure the Serbian’s signature at the end of this current campaign, with several stars reportedly set to depart this year, including James Milner, Stevan Jovetic and possibly Eden Dzeko.
Roma’s talented attacking midfielder Ljajic would provide an extra creative spark in City’s strikeforce, having netted nine times already this season for Rudi Garcia’s Serie A side, including the opener in their recent 2-1 Europa League triumph over Feyenoord, which saw them reach the last 16 stage.
Serbia international Ljajic has been in superb form this term, grabbing the attention of many top European clubs, after captivating displays in Italy’s top-flight division.
Alongside Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and new signing Wilfried Bony, Ljajic could potentially complete a deadly attacking trio for City, as they hope to impose themselves more domestically and especially in the Champions League next season.
The Giallorossi have never lost when the Serbian forward has scored this campaign, securing six victories and drawing on two occasions, proving his importance to Garcia’s title-chasing outfit.
It is believed that City will attempt to lure Ljajic away from the Stadio Olimpico by offering Roma a reported £25m for his services.
The 23-year-old has become hot property in European football this season after ferocious performances, and a flurry of crucial goals and assists. Roma’s potent playmaker was signed from domestic league rivals Fiorentina, after three years with the Viola.
Ljajic was reportedly set to join City’s bitter rivals Manchester United in January 2010, but the Red Devils withdrew from their option to sign him, as he soon arrived in Florence for £8m instead.
In the summer transfer window of 2013, the former Partizan Belgrade attacker then joined Roma, and has since risen to prominence in Serie A.
City will hope to add the Serbian’s attacking attributes to their squad for next season, with silverware success slipping from their grasp this campaign. Pellegrini’s men are 20/1 to reach this year’s Champions League final in Berlin, after losing 2-1 in the first leg of their last 16 clash with Barcelona.