Gamberini flattered by City link

Defender happy at Fiorentina

Gamberini: Linked with Man City

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Fiorentina defender Alessandro Gamberini is flattered to be linked with a move to Manchester City.

Reports emanating from Italy have suggested City chief Roberto Mancini is weighing up a move for the Italian international.

City officials are believed to have watched Gamberini in action against Roma last weekend as Mancini draws up his list of transfer targets for next season.

Gamberini has established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A and is now a regular in the Italian national team.

The player's agent Francesco Romano says the stopper is flattered by the interest from City, but admits any move would be difficult as the 28-year-old is a key member of the Fiorentina side.

"I have seen the reports naming Alessandro with Manchester City, but I don't know anything about it," Romano told skysports.com.

"Alessandro is happy to be linked with Manchester City, but he is happy at Fiorentina and has a contract there.

"A move would be difficult as Alessandro is a very important player for Fiorentina and he is a candidate for Italy for the World Cup."