A number of major Spanish newspapers have today backed up a report from SPORT that Manchester City are keen to sign Espanyol left-back Aarón Martín, described by AS journalist Alberto Martínez as “one of the most promising left-backs in European football”.
SPORT may have jumped the gun slightly in saying City have already made a €20million bid, with AS, Marca and Mundo Deportivo all agreeing that Pep Guardiola is seriously interested in adding the 20-year-old to his squad, but also stating that no formal offer has been made yet.
The consensus is that Espanyol are waiting for and expecting a bid from the Premier League club in the coming days, and are not opposed to selling Aarón for less than his €30million release clause, because the funds would allow them to strengthen several positions before the transfer window closes in a week’s time.
Espanyol are hoping to announce the signing of left-back Dídac Vilà from AEK Athens in the coming days, and he could replace Aarón were a bid from City to arrive.
In a slightly different take, Mundo Deportivo doesn’t rule out the idea of City agreeing a deal for Aarón now, but incorporating him in the future. The reasoning for this would be that the player’s release clause goes up to €40million from €30million next summer, and another good season could see Espanyol demand more money for him.
Realistically though, Pep Guardiola would surely prefer a second natural left-back right now, with Leroy Sané not well suited to the role of wing-back in Pep’s 3-5-2, as we all saw on Monday night when Everton exploited his defensive flaws, leading to Wayne Rooney’s opener.
In summary, City are interested in signing Aarón Martín and there have been informal talks according to Mundo Deportivo, but an official bid has yet to arrive. That could come any day now and Pep Guardiola would then have a complete set of new full-backs.
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