City linked with Lazio defender

Radu's agent claims big-spending Blues have made approach

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Stefan Radu's agent has claimed the Lazio defender has been targeted by Manchester City.

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The big-spending Premier League outfit signed left-back Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio for £16million this summer and Radu's agent, Victor Becali, insists City have now made an approach for his client.

"Stefan has another two years on his contract with Lazio but there is a valid offer from Manchester City," Becali told adevarul.ro.

"Coach Roberto Mancini knows the Italian championship and Radu, and when City played in Timisoara in the Europa League, Mancini met my brother (to talk about Radu)."

The Romanian defender, who turns 24 on Friday, can play at centre-half and left-back, and joined Lazio in 2008 from Dinamo Bucharest after a successful loan spell.

Ready for move

The nine-cap international began to catch the eye last season, when only Kolarov and Stefano Mauri made more Serie A starts for Lazio than Radu's 28, and he has been an ever-present so far this term, helping the Biancocelesti become league leaders after seven games.

"Radu is 24 years old, last year he played well and this year he's playing very well," Becali added to tuttomercatoweb.

"In my opinion he is therefore definitely ready for a big club like Juventus, AC Milan or Inter, but we haven't talked with them."