Manchester City could lose young prospect Manu García back to Spain this summer with Valencian newspaper Super Deporte claiming three prominent La Liga clubs have eyes on the midfielder.
Manu, 20, is one of two Dutch-based Spaniards under consideration by Valencia, the other being Willem II striker Fran Sol. No decision has been made yet on if bids will follow, but Valencia’s technical staff are making reports and doing field work on potential deals for the two.
According to Super Deporte, it is not only Valencia, but other ‘important’ clubs that want to sign Manu, and even claim that the youngster wants a return to Spain. Valencia’s domestic rivals Villarreal and Sevilla are named as interested clubs, while Serie A side Roma were also linked with the Spain youth international in March.
When asked recently by Dutch magazine Voetbal International which club García would fit in best at, Fran Sol, Valencia’s other player of interest from the Eredivisie, said: “I see him at Valencia. I know Marcelino (Valencia coach) from Villarreal and a player like Manu fits perfectly with him and Valencia.”
García has been a standout performer for NAC Breda this season, one of six Manchester City talents loaned to the City Football Group partner club. Playing in a variety of positions that have highlighted his versatility, García has made 32 appearances in the Dutch top-flight and his performances have caught the attention of scouts.
A player often tipped to make the grade at the Etihad Stadium, García may be looked at by Pep Guardiola this summer as he prepares for City’s title defence next season, but should he not be given a role in the squad, could seek a permanent move away – with Valencia and other notable clubs waiting in the wings.
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