The blue half of Manchester has completed the first sale of the summer transfer window after central defender Pablo Mari agreed to join Brazilian side Flamengo in a £1.3 million deal earlier this week.
Since Pep Guardiola has taken charge of Manchester City in 2016, he has built quite a fantastic unit of a team which is steamrolling clubs in the English top flight. The Citizens smashed the Premiership last season, breaking multiple records and taking it by storm as they amassed a staggering 100 points in the process leaving no competition or any trailers.
However, this season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were in close contention as they finished just one solitary point behind Guardiola’s City team that still won the Premier League with 98 points with a bit of a scare. Having won the Premier League title for the second season in a row, Manchester City also became the first team in the history of England to complete a domestic treble as the won the FA Cup and League Cup. But now the 48-year-old manager has his sights set on the elusive Champions League title.
This summer, Manchester City has to strengthen their squad even further to ensure that they keep up the high-intensity football to continue winning titles on a regular basis. Spanish midfielder Rodri completed a move from Atletico Madrid to the City of Manchester Stadium but in order to make Guardiola’s side more efficient, and now the philosopher wants to offload a few players as well and the club has completed their first sale of the summer.
Pablo Mari has become the first player to leave Manchester City this summer as he completed a move to Flamengo earlier this week. The 25-year-old centre back arrived at Manchester City back in 2016 from Gimnastic but did not play a single game for the Premier League club over three seasons.
Mari spent a season on loan at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna respectively but the defender was considered surplus at City and could not get a place in the first-team squad.
It makes complete sense for Manchester City to sell players at the club that aren’t able to provide them success or able to get regular football. The Blue half of Manchester can also raise some revenue for future transfers by the sale of unwanted stock.