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City face Barca tussle over Spaniard

2017-08-09 10:42:00, Views: 730, ClubCall

City face Barca tussle over Spaniard

Pep Guardiola's former club Barcelona are trying to scupper his attempt to sign Real Sociedad centre-back Inigo Martinez.

City chiefs had made concrete moves towards the 26-year-old in the last fortnight and were confident they had the field clear to themselves, citing good relations to Sociedad.

However, Barcelona, now armed with £198m following the sale of Brazil superstar Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, have thrown a spanner in the works by declaring an interest.

Martinez has a £30m buy-out clause in his contract although both clubs are understood to be offering around £5m short of that, with the balance made up by add-ons and bonuses.

Sociedad are also aware of cursory interest from Italian giants Inter Milan and are now sensing an auction in a bid to raise the stakes even higher.

The Citizens have spent around £213m so far this summer but Guardiola is concerned the heart of his rearguard is still a little light and feels Martinez's ball-playing attributes are an attractive option for his asking price.

The player is attracted by a move to the Premier League but City know Barcelona's arrival on the scene will not be helpful to their cause.


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