Man City identify number one target at centre-back – player is at the ‘top of the list’

Manchester City are reportedly looking to bring back former centre-back Pablo Marí, to solve the ongoing defensive crisis at the club, according to Todo Fichajes as relayed by Sport Witness.

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.

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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.

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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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  1. Highly unlikely and probably the figment of an active journalistic imagination, but there are worse ideas. Pablo Mari is a very mature and competent player, still only 26 and who in his 3 3 years on City’s books made 79 appearances for Girona, Deportivo and NAC Breda. Since moving to Flamengo his improvement has continued and he would probably be a more mature backup player than (say) Tosin Adarabioyo who is doing well at Blackburn. He would also be inexpensive, he went from City to Flamengo a short time ago for less that £2m.

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