United send Neville to watch Spain under-21 star – but who is he?

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The Premier League champions are believed to be running the rule over Getafe’s Pablo Sarabia, as the search for a creative midfielder continues.

Reports in the British press today are suggesting that Manchester United are weighing up a move for Spain under-21 midfielder Pablo Sarabia.

It is believed that the Old Trafford outfit sent coach Phil Neville to watch the attacking midfielder against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

With the Red Devils in need of a bit of guile in their midfield, who is Sarabia and can he be the answer?

  • Sarabia, 21, is a product of the Real Madrid youth academy and spent five years in the age-grade ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • The playmaker played for Real Madrid B for two seasons, scoring an impressive 15 goals in just under 50 games.
  • Sarabia only ever made one appearance for the Madrid senior side, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo from the bench in a 4-0 Champions League win over Auxerre in December 2010.
  • In the summer of 2011 Sarabia secured a move to Getafe for a fee in the region of €3 million. Madrid had the option to buy him back last summer, but opted against it.
  • Sarabia has featured in 18 of Getafe’s La Liga fixtures this term, starting 11 and scoring one goal.
  • The midfielder has represented his country from under-16 level all the way through to the under-21’s, who he has appeared for 17 times, scoring twice.
  • He has been part of under-19 and under-21 sides that have claimed the UEFA championships at the respective age grades.

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