It appears as though a deal was agreed in principle, but as I anticipated a couple of days ago we ran into problems attaining a work permit for the Kenyan:
Mariga, who has 24 caps, met part of the UK criteria after playing in 75% of Kenya's games in the last two years.
But his application was rejected as Kenya are ranked 98th in Fifa's world rankings, outside the top 70 nations.
City attended an appeal at Wembley on Monday morning but failed to overturn the decision about the 22-year-old.
Frustration I'm sure then turned to exasperation as later in the day it was announced that Mariga had signed for Inter, who had also coveted the player:
McDonald Mariga has officially signed for Inter as they agreed a £4m co-ownership deal with Parma.Unfortunately, Mariga has paid the price for having Kenyan nationality and it is something seen before where a player meets all the relevant criteria to be awarded a work permit, with the exception of being eligible for a side in the top 70 ranked countries in the world.
The Kenya born midfielder was very close to a move to Manchester City in the past few days but negotiations didn't go ahead due to visa problems.
Whilst the overwhelming majority had never seen Mariga play, the comments left on here certainly suggest a player with immense potential and indicate him as a player who could have had a big future with us.