Arsenal have widely been reported to be in the outlook to sign a defender as a result of the uncertainty over the future of Thomas Vermaelen. The Arsenal captain, who has just one year left on his contract, is reported to have grown disillusioned with his situation at the Emirates which has seen him spend more time on the bench because of the established pattern ship of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. He has been the subject of interest from Manchester United. As a result of this situation, report has emerged that Arsenal are interested in signing Manchester City defender Matija Nastastic. This article takes a look at five things to know about the 21 year old Serbian defender.
1. Came through the Youth Ranks at Partizan Belgrade
The 21 year old, who was born on 28 March, 1993 came through the youth ranks at Partizan Belgrade where he was highly regarded as a young teenage defender. He quickly rose through the ranks at Partizan which meant he had to go out on loan to a second division club Teleoptik where in made 21 appearances in the 2010/2011 season.
2. Spent just One Season in Seria A
He moved to Fiorentina from Belgrade for fee of €2.5 million as an 18 year old for the 2011/2012 season, where he was quickly promoted to the first team by fellow Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic who was the Fiorentina manager at the time. His performance in Florence caught the eye of Manchester City and he ended up at the Etihad.
3. Natural Similarities with Thomas Vermaelen
The Serbian defender is left footed just like the player he is likely to replace at the Emirates, Thomas Vermaelen. Arsene Wenger is known to like left footed defenders because to him, they bring balance to the defence.
4. He is so Good A player And a Transfer Fee Was Used to Sign Him
Following his one season in Seria A, Manchester City spent not just €15 million in signing him, Stefan Savic was also used as a make weight to seal the deal. The defender from Montenegro had arrived at Manchester City a year before from Partizan, and was added to deal that took Nastastic to the Etihad.
5. He is Taller than Thomas Vermaelen
Matija Nastastic stands at 6ft 2ins which makes him comfortable in dealing with aerial balls. While Thomas Vermaelen stands at just 6ft. which means he is two inches taller than the Arsenal captain.