The defensive issues at the Etihad Stadium so far this season have been well documented, and with the January transfer window edging ever closer, the rumour mill surrounding potential defensive recruitments is in full swing. However, Friday’s reports from Sport Witness name a player that not many would expect to be linked with a move, or should we say a return, to the club.
According to Todo Fichajes, Manchester City may be looking to bring Pablo Marí back from Brazilian outfit Flamengo, with the centre-back position described as a ‘priority‘ with Marí at the ‘top of the list‘.
Since leaving Manchester City for Flamengo in the summer, Pablo Marí has remarkably gone on to win the Copa Libertadores and was named the best defender in the country – catching the eye of his former employers, as well as Sevilla and Valencia.
Marí is claimed to be aware of the interest and is waiting until the conclusion of the Club World Cup before listening to the offers from Valencia and Manchester City.
Manchester City have now been linked with a number of central defenders, most recently being Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké. However, from a financial point of view, Pablo Marí would certainly be a more viable option, and given his rise in the Brazilian game this season, a return shouldn’t be completely ruled out at this stage.
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