Last Updated: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 11:56
Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly looking to take Roma forward Pablo Osvaldo to Manchester City this summer.
The new City boss is busy looking to bolster his forward line following Carlos Tevez's departure to Juventus which followed Mario Balotelli's January exit to AC Milan.
That has left just Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko - who is being linked with a move to Italy to link up with Rafael Benitez's Napoli side - as Pellegrini's senior strike pairing for next season.
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is thought to be one striker target, while Pellegrini is now thought to be stepping up his efforts to get Osvaldo to the Etihad Stadium in the transfer window.
It appears that Roma would happily sell the 27-year-old, who scored 17 goals last season, after he blotted his copy book at the end of the campaign when he reportedly insulted Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli after their Coppa Italia final defeat to rivals Lazio and subsequently stormed off down the tunnel without collecting his runners-up medal with his teammates.
It resulted in him being left out of Italy's recent World Cup qualifying matches and the Confederations Cup as punishment and left a cloud of uncertainty over his future.
Therefore if City make a bid in the region of £15million Roma would likely accept as it would allow them to start their own squad rebuilding work which could see City's Brazilian defender Maicon move in the opposite direction.
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