There is a case to suggest that Karim Rekik is ready to play in the Etihad Stadium club’s first team.
Big-spending Manchester City clinched the Premier League title on the last day of the season and are widely expected to spend big this summer in an attempt to translate domestic dominance to the continent.
One of the key areas to be reinforced will be centre-half, with a long-term partner for Vincent Kompany yet to determined.
Despite the recent improvement of form of ageing Martin Demichelis, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are widely expected to spend big this summer on an experienced central defender
However, with Joleon Lescott leaving the club and Matija Nastasic struggling with injury, there may well be a player already at the club ready to step into the breach.
Louis van Gaal has unexpectedly named City youngster Karim Rekik in his preliminary Netherlands squad for this summer’s World Cup.
The 19-year-old has stated 25 Eredivisie games for the Philips Stadion outfit and has shown all the physical abilities and confidence on the ball to suggest he is ready to play Premier League football.
With the chance to star at the World Cup, Rekik could well be an asset for Pellegrini to call on next season.