Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this season given their side’s wonderful start to the campaign, which they will hope can get a whole lot better when they return to Premier League action against Leicester City on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many during pre-season to win the title this time round, and they’ve made a great start in their quest to do so having won ten of their opening 11 league games, drawing the other. Thus, the Citizens are already eight points clear of rivals Manchester United and Tottenham and appear to be marching towards a third Premier League crown, and given that they have booked their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League as well, things are certainly looking very bright at the Etihad Stadium.
Unsurprisingly, there has been a huge buzz among our resident City fans in the Tavern in recent weeks, although they may be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which links defender Pablo Mari with a move away from the club in January.
The 24-year-old joined the Premier League heavyweights back in 2016 after a three-year stint at Gimnastic, yet he has never featured for the first team at City, instead he has been shipped out on loan to Girona last term and NAC Breda this time round to earn regular football.
And with ten appearances in all competitions prior to injury a few weeks ago, the Spanish centre-back was indeed getting the minutes needed to aid his development, and has clearly done well as reports suggest that top-flight and Championship teams are looking into the possibility of signing Mari in January.
Significantly, it is thought that the 24-year-old has a low release clause in his contract, which is sure to intrigue those interested parties ahead of a possible January move, and perhaps leave City powerless in their quest to keep the talented defender.
Landlord’s verdict: Pablo Mari made the move to Manchester City back in 2016, but like many youngsters moving to the Etihad Stadium, he has struggled to force his way into first team reckoning.
In fact, the 24-year-old has never played for the senior side and as such has enjoyed loan spells at Girona and NAC Breda, with his efforts at the latter this term reportedly attracting interest from many sides in England.
And given that Mari reportedly has a low release clause in his contract, interest is sure to be rife in January, and what looks pretty clear is that his future at City is coming to an end sooner rather than later.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!