Will Manchester City continue their defensive recruitment with Espanyol’s Aaron Martin?
Manchester City’s elaborate summer spending could potentially continue a week before the deadline as Spanish reports suggest they are poised to move for Espanyol defender Aaron Martin.
Mundo Deportivo understand that the 20-year-old left-back has been monitored by Pep Guardiola throughout transfer window and that the Spaniard is contemplating whether to make a move or not.
It is thought that City may test the waters with an offer in the region of £18.5 million after already making informal contact with the club – although this is far below his release clause of £28.5 million.
What could Martin bring to the Etihad?
He may not be as high profile a name as Manchester City’s summer arrivals so far, but Martin has quietly been impressing at mid-table Espanyol since making his debut for them just 10 months ago.
The 20-year-old has made himself a first-team regular at the La Liga side within just one season of playing for them – showing how highly-regarded he is – and it’s not hard to see why Guardiola has been linked with a move for him considering his open and expansive style of play on a football field.
Despite being a more conventional left-back, his education in Spanish football has left him highly useful as a wing-back too with a burning desire to burst forward on the over-lap and to the by-line.
He created 22 chances for his team-mates in La Liga last season from defence – not a bad return considering it was his first exposure of top-flight football – and he will only get better the older he is.
It is his skilful nature and willingness to take defenders on that makes him so successful in the opposition half of the pitch, whilst over the relatively short course of the last season it’s been clear to see how far his defensive stability, discipline and commitment in the tackle has come on.
His positioning still needs a lot of work, often getting caught too far up the pitch or not being completely aware of a run in-behind, and he does struggle in the air against more imposing figures.
However, it is easy to forget he is only 20 years of age, and given the time to develop under a manager like Guardiola he could develop into the next big thing – it is just a case of whether City really need him.
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