Javi Garcia could be heading to Italy at the end of the season, with reports suggesting Internazionale are interested in signing him.
The Spaniard was one of a handful of rushed signings for Manchester City in the summer of 2012, when Roberto Mancini was left frustrated after a number of his top targets slipped through his fingers. The Blues, who were at the time Premier League champions, paid £16million to prise the midfielder from Portuguese giants Benfica.
However, Garcia has failed to establish himself as a first team pick for City, with the majority of his appearances in England coming as a substitute or in the lesser important fixtures. This season, for example, Manuel Pellegrini has preferred Fernandinho and Yaya Toure as his midfield two, and they have struck up a fine partnership together.
It is also widely expected that the options at the Etihad Stadium club will be further bolstered during the summer, with Fernando set to join when his deal at Porto expires. The Brazilian was close to joining the Blues when the January transfer window was open, but they refused to be held to ransom due to his contract situation.
It would be no surprise, then, if City are prepared to listen to offers for Garcia, who still has three years remaining on his contract in Manchester. And according to Goal.com, Inter could be set to offer the 27-year-old the chance to resurrect his career in Serie A, although they may have to pay the bulk of £16million to prise him to the San Siro.
The Nerazzurri have already been shopping in England, having secured Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United on a free-transfer. The Serbian could be followed by his Old Trafford team-mate Patrice Evra, who will also be a free agent in the summer, whilst Arsenal fullback Bacary Sagna has also been identified as a target for Walter Mazzarri.