Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is receiving glowing reports on Spanish youngster Pedro Obiang.

The 20 year-old midfielder was outstanding for Mancini's former club Sampdoria in last season's promotion winning campaign and has maintained his place for their Serie A return.

Both Mancini and his reserves coach Attilio Lombardo have taken advantage of their relationship with Samp to investigate Obiang's character and his availability.

It's understood the youngster, who is contracted to Samp until 2015, is rated at €4 million.