Manchester City defender Pablo Marí should be on his way out of the club, according to reports from Brazil.

Journalist Mauro Cezar Pereira claims on his blog on UOL that Flamengo are very close to announcing the signing of the 25-year-old.

Although a few websites claim the defender’s contract with the Premier League side expires this summer, the reliable journalist claims that ‘his rights are being acquired with City’.

It’s said that there are only a few contract details to be sorted, and he should soon have his move to Rio de Janeiro made official.

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Flamengo were close to signing the Colombian defender Christian Zapata, but the move has been vetoed by manager Jorge Jesus.

It’s pretty rare for Europeans to move to South America, and the Jorge Jesus factor certainly helped to convince the Spaniard.

Pablo Marí signed for Manchester City on a move from Gimnastic back in 2016. He’s had loan deals at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruña, for whom he made 38 appearances last season.