Roma want Matija Nastasic to replace Antonio Rudiger


AS Roma are edging closer to a deal for Schalke defender Matija Nastasic, who would fill the void left by Antonio Rudiger’s departure to Chelsea.

Schalke are starting with demands of roughly €20 million in hope of doubling the €9.5 million they paid to Manchester City in 2015, but Roma director of football Monchi is hoping to negotiate the price down.

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Matija Nastasic was signed by Manchester City from FK Partizan for €15 million in 2012, aged just 19, and went on to debut in the UEFA Champions League a few months later against Real Madrid

The Serbian is a player of vast experience despite being just 24-years-old, having played in the Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga, and won the Premier League in 2014 with Manchester City.

Nastasic has battled back from significant injuries to established himself as key player for Schalke, most notably when he suffered an Achilles injury just 17 minutes into the 2015/16 season – an injury that would limit him to just two appearances for the whole campaign.

Nastasic had a much more productive season in 2016/17, making 35 appearances in all competitions and helping Schalke in their run to the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Europa League.


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