According to reports in Italy, Manchester City are set to seal the deal for 22 year-old Parma midfielder, McDonald Mariga. The fee being mentioned is around the £10m mark and City have decided to look to the Kenyan as the deal with Real Madrid for Fernando Gago has broken down. Mariga is a box-to-box midfielder with a lot of skill and a great work-ethic. He played a major role in Parma’s promotion from Seria B last season making 35 appearences and scoring 3 goals. He’s already been watched closely by Inter Milan, AC Milan, Arsenal and Napoli.
He’s a massive 6ft 2in and could add some much needed height to our midfield. Also, he plays a very similar role to that of Michael Essien at Chelsea. He’s really hot property in Italy and it already looks like City will sign the youngster. A £10m offer has been accepted by Parma officials in a deal that could see Valeri Bojinov stay at the Italian club. Mariga has only managed to play 8 times this season due to injury but if he came to Eastlands then he would be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.