Manchester City are amongst a host of clubs across Europe taking a close look at Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang according to the Daily Mail.
The 20 year old Spaniard has been attracting the attention of many on lookers from England, Italy and Spain, with his bright displays for the Serie A side. Obiang joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Athletico Madrid and has made 12 appearances this season. Speculation is growing that he might be moving back to Spain in January, though his agent last month stated that the midfielder is happy in Italy and is only interested in the Genoa club.
Jose Miquel Gonzalez said in November:
“We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him but Pedro is a mature guy and is only thinking about Sampdoria.”
Will that change when January comes and offers appear on the table from the likes of City, Chelsea, Tottenham and others on mainland Europe? There is one thing for certain the young defensive midfielder will have decisions to make.
Obiang isn’t like most Spaniards who grab the lime light; born in Madrid but of Equatoguinean decent he gets the best of both worlds. He is physically strong as Sampdoria’s enforcer, but he has got the seemly Spanish taught good touch and calmness on the ball, even though his shooting could do with a with bit of work, failing to make it onto the score sheet this season.
With Sampdoria sitting 13th in Serie A, the appeal of playing Premier League and Champions League football might be too great an opportunity to turn down. If the youngster is to come to England, Chelsea could be the place to stamp his mark on the league. He would fit right in at Stamford Bridge with his style of play and Rafa Benitez would be looking to Obiang to do the Claude Makelele role, behind a very creative midfield. You would have to think it’s a prospect that excites the Spaniard, applying his trade behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar.
Stamford Bridge may well be a more appealing option than Roberto Mancini’s side. The champions have a few midfielders in the club with similar traits and the threat of not playing regular football must be a real turn off for a move to Manchester.
If the premier League is the appeal, London will be calling and the destination? Stamford bridge.