Eastlands boss lines up move for promising young Spanish international.
Manchester City are weighing up a deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez.
The highly-rated 21-year-old has been linked with Liverpool over recent years but City scouts have monitored him closely in recent months and have been putting together an extensive file documenting his background, habits and personality.
They also had scouts in the crowd in Austria on Saturday as he made his full Spain debut coming on as a substitute for Barcelona’s Xavi against Saudi Arabia.
Marked man: Javi Martinez (front) trains in Madrid as Spanish counterpart Xabi Alonso looks on
Martinez, who is rated at around £18million, is 6ft 3ins tall and plays in an attacking midfield position.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is a big fan but cannot compete financially with City who are working through a list of targets headed by Valencia’s David Silva. (Daily Mail)
Roberto Mancini looks set to make big changes at Eastlands this summer, at least that is what the speculation machine would have you believe, and whilst its plausible the Italian wants to bring in more of his own signings it seems unlikely he will make a fraction of the transfer market moves he has been linked with. However this particular story may well have some chance of coming to fruition.
Highly rated midfielder Javi Martinez has spent the last four seasons building a name for himself as a player for the future. The Atletico Bilbao man, likened to a young Xabi Alonso, has arguably outgrown his club who last season finished eighth in La Liga and whilst there has always been speculation that the tall striding youngster would join one of the two big boys in Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona as if you needed telling, moves have never become a reality from the Bernabeu or the Nou Camp.
So perhaps a move to the Premier League would make sense? Martinez got his first full Spanish cap two days ago and was somewhat surprisingly named in Vicente del Bosque’s 23 man World Cup squad. Manchester City can afford to offer Bilbao the kind of money they can not afford to turn down so perhaps the 21 year old will be plying his trade at the City of Manchester stadium next term because it does seem highly likely that the youngster will leave his Basque club this summer.