Manchester City are lining up a bid for Spanish defender Inigo Martinez according to SportsDirect News.
Martinez is currently plying his trade at Spanish side Real Sociedad. The defender helped the Spanish side to a fourth-placed finish last season, one of the highest ever finishes for the club and he was one of the most integral players in the club's success.
The 22-year-old is only 5ft 11 but he is still great in the air. He is a composed player with a great reading of the game. Martinez is versatile and can fill in at left full-back if needed.
He is a ball-playing defender who has drawn comparisons with Barcelona centre-back Carles Puyol.
Manchester City are looking for reinforcements in their quest to regain their Premier League crown back from rivals Manchester United.
Martinez has been identified by new manager Manuel Pellegrini to bolster City's defensive ranks. Joleon Lescott could be set to leave the club and last season Vincent Kompany struggled to replicate his form that won City the title so the club need fresh faces in defence.
The Spanish defender has made 60 appearances and scored seven goals for Real Sociedad. He has yet to gain a senior cap for his country but has made many appearances at a lower level.
The 22-year-old has one cap for the Spain U20s, 15 caps for the U21s and four caps for the U23s. Martinez was part of the Spanish U21s who have just won the European U21 Championships in Israel.
Martinez would cost a hefty fee as Real Sociedad would loathe to lose the defender with Champions League football at the club next season.
The player has risen up through the youth ranks at the Spanish club and would be wise to consider his next move.
If indeed Manchester City do sign Martinez, they will be getting a player with the potential to become one of the best defenders in the world.
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