Melbourne City are reportedly leading the race to sign Socceroos fullback Ivan Franjic on loan from Torpedo Moscow.
The 27-year-old moved to the Russian Premier League side in August after winning the 2013-14 A-League title at Brisbane Roar.
The versatile, energetic Franjic, who can play in defence and midfield, has performed strongly for Australia during their first three matches of the Asian Cup, despite struggling for playing time in Russia.
During the tournament he has expressed his interest in a short-term switch back to the A-League in a bid to earn regular minutes.
According to News Corp, John van 't Schip's City are the most likely Australian club to land the services of Melbourne-born Franjic.
"Right now my only focus is on the Socceroos," Franjic was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun ahead of the Socceroos' Asian Cup quarter-final against China.
"I'm still a Torpedo Moscow player and I’m focusing on Thursday night and getting the Socceroos into the semi-final.
"I've had a few Roar fans speak to me, telling me to come back.
"But China's a big game, that's where all my focus is, Socceroos and the country.
"It was difficult (in Russia). Obviously I had an operation after the World Cup, then I came back and started playing a few games but then the coach got sacked.
"Then I had a choice between playing for my country or staying with new coach and doing 10 days' preparation. I always put my country first before any club."1 comment