With a debt of €75million to overcome, La Liga club Espanyol are prepared to cash in on one of their prized assets, left-back Aarón Martín.
Spain under-21 international Aarón has a €30million (£26.5million) release clause, but his club will listen to offers of around €20million (£17.6million), Spanish newspaper AS reports today.
The 20-year-old was said to be a serious target for Manchester City in the summer as Pep Guardiola sought four specialist full-backs, but no deal was done and Fabian Delph has proven very good in place of the injured Benjamin Mendy.
With City still fighting on all fronts though, Guardiola knows that one Delph injury could jeopardise his team’s ambitions this season, and the modest asking price for Aarón may tempt Pep to make a January move.
City are not alone in their interest of Aarón, with Premier League club Everton and Serie A title contenders Napoli also expressing interest. Neighbours Manchester United, who could sell Luke Shaw, have also been credited with an interest, although more recent reports link Juventus star Alex Sandro with a move to Old Trafford.
Aarón’s €30million release clause also rises to €40million in June, so should Espanyol find some financial stability before then, they may could demand double what they are now for their left-back – unless he is signed by an interested club in the January window.
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