Guardiola Looks To La Liga For Defensive Solutions

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Manchester City are preparing to test Real Sociedad‘s resolve over holding onto centre back, Iñigo Martinez, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 26-year-old has a €30m release clause, a trifling sum for a club which spent almost double that on England international, John Stones, 22.

Martinez has four caps but with Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique ahead of him in the queue for the Spanish starting line-up, patience is a key quality for those with international aspirations.

For Pep Guardiola, more important is his ability on the left side of defence. City’s back four is being overhauled this summer with Guardiola releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, and Pablo Zabaletta already released. There is plenty of interest reported in young Belgian, Jason Denayer, as well.

Martinez, along with Kyle Walker, represents a significant investment in the first eleven; Spurs are holding out for £50m for the England full back.

Real Sociedad are keen to hold onto their centre back as they look to push into the Champions League places in La Liga. Last season’s sixth place saw them finish nine points adrift of Sevilla, their highest finish since 2012/13 when they were fourth.

Losing Martinez would be a blow to their aspirations, particularly at such a relatively low price. In an inflated marketplace, the Basque side would hope for close to double their valuation. City, so often overcharged for players, are ready to do business at a reasonable price for once.