There is an agreement in Spain among leading sports newspapers that Manchester City are seriously interested in highly-rated Espanyol left-back Aarón Martín. However, despite an initial report that a €20million bid had been made by City, it has since been reported that Espanyol are yet to receive a formal offer.
The latest update is from AS and they have received confirmation from sources at the Catalan club that City are interested in 20-year-old Aarón, but also that no official bid has been made.
Furthermore, from within Aarón’s camp, there are serious doubts that the player will be leaving Espanyol before the transfer window slams shut in a week’s time. As it stands, they do not expect him to change clubs.
A person associated with the player told AS, “Aarón wants to stay in Espanyol.” The player himself has not commented on that information, though having renewed his contract twice recently, he is clearly settled at a club he has been at since 2005.
Another thing his camp are considering is that his progress at Espanyol could lead to a call-up for Spain soon, whereas at City, while he would certainly get games, he would almost certainly be second-choice behind Benjamin Mendy at left-back.
City are seriously interested in Aarón Martín, that much is clear, but the latest news from Spain casts doubt on anything happening in the next week. It may be a case of City returning for the player in a year’s time, when he’d undoubtedly cost more – that is unless Pep Guardiola demands a second left-back now, forcing City to move for another player.
Want to learn more about City target Aarón Martín? Be sure to check out City Watch’s scouting report of the 20-year-old.
Enter the second City Watch Fantasy Football League for your chance to win one of next season’s Man City kits!