Manchester City defender Pablo Mari finds himself a man in demand with a number of Premier League and Championship clubs interested in signing the player in January.
City fans may be forgiven if they have never heard of him. This is because, although the 24-year old was bought from Gimnastic de Tarragona in 2016, he has never yet played in City colours. Instead he was sent back to Spain on loan with Girona for the last campaign, before securing another loan move to Dutch side NAC Breda this season.
It is his appearances for NAC which have caught the eye, with him captaining the side and impressing with both his leadership skills and composure on the ball. This led to him being named in the Eredivisie team of the month for October.
Mari has been sidelined with an ankle injury recently but is set to return to lead the Dutch side in their clash against Ajax at the weekend.
With Mari unlikely to feature in City’s first-team plans any time soon, a sale may be on the cards, especially as it is understood that his contract has a relatively low release clause, which would enable somebody to snap him up for a relatively cheap bargain price.
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