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Nastasic signs as Savic leaves
Published : 31 Aug 2012 22:17:46
Manchester City have announced the signing of teenage Serbia defender Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League champions in a deal which also sees Montenegro international Stefan Savic moving in the opposite direction.
Nastasic is the fourth player to join City on a hectic final day of the summer transfer window. Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright have also signed for the champions and a deal for Benfica's Javi Garcia is reportedly close to fruition as well.
Nastasic will arrive as a straight swap for Savic, who has struggled to make an impression at the Etihad Stadium since his Â£6million signing from Partizan Belgrade last year.
When speaking about his interest in the player, Mancini said: "Nastasic will be one of the top players for a long time."
Savic, 21, made 11 appearances for the club last season but did not look comfortable in his first taste of the English game.