Manchester City Lead Chase for £16m Midfield Maestro Martinez

Roberto Mancini eyes up youngster as potential Eastlands fulcrum.

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Jorge Martinez’s agent claims to be in contact with Manchester City and one other English club.

The Catania striker has seen his future become a hot topic of conversation over recent weeks, after a number of eye-catching showings in Serie A.

He further underlined his class with a staring role in Catania’s recent 3-1 win over reigning champions Inter Milan, helping to bring him to the attention of a European audience.

The Uruguayan is now tipped to be on his way out of Stadio Angelo Massimino over the summer, with interest in his services hotting up.

Manchester City are already known to be admirers of his talent, while his representative has revealed that another Premier League club is also in the running.

“Many Italian clubs have expressed an interest in Jorge, but the only negotiation at the moment is with Manchester City,” Daniel Delgado told

“There is also another English team seriously interested.” (Sky Sports)

Dubbed the next Xabi Alonso, Javi Martinez has been linked with a move away from unfashionable Atletico Bilbao for a couple of years now and the player’s agent is clearly trying his hardest to make a move a reality. Manchester City are apparently keen to bring in some young talent to the club and they would do well to snap up the £16m rated Spanish under 21 International.

The rangy midfielder works well both as a battling influence, able to break down opposition attacks, as well as pushing forwards himself with the added ability to strike a long range effort with good accuracy. The 21 year old may feel that had he been playing for a ‘bigger’ club then he may have been given a full international cap by now and therefore he may feel a move to the Premier League an option too good to turn down.

Manchester City obviously have money to burn and this is the type of move that they could realistically pull off as long as they can beat the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to his signature as both Spanish giants have registered their admiration for the 6 foot 3 youngster.

As for the “other English team” who are seriously interested, that team is said to be Liverpool but they may struggle to match the Eastlands outfit if a bidding war ensues.

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