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Landing this January deal would all but seal the Premier League title for Manchester City

Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern so far this season such has been their team’s incredible run of form, which continued on Sunday as the Citizens came from behind to beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the Premier League title this term, and they are certainly living up to the favourite’s tag by winning 12 of their opening 13 league games, although the latest was arguably their least straight-forward. A Nicolas Otamendi own goal gave David Wagner’s Terriers the lead just before half time to shock the visitors, although they recovered in the second half as goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling completed the turnaround, thus extending their winning run to 18 games, and maintaining their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Subsequently, there has been many delighted Citizens fans in the Tavern throughout the campaign, many of whom are beginning to dream about what their side could go on to achieve this season, both domestically and in European competition.

Elsewhere, there has been plenty for our resident City supporters to get their teeth into in recent times, not least recent reports linking them with a January move for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez.

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The 26-year-old came up through the ranks at the Spanish side and has since gone on to become a key member of the squad at Anoeta, making 232 appearances for the club since his senior debut back in 2011, netting 16 goals in the process.

And the four-times Spain international was reportedly on Guardiola’s radar over the summer, but no deal materialised, yet reports suggest that the North West outfit have continued monitoring Martinez ahead of a possible move in January.

And it’s a move which, if they get it done, could all but seal the Premier League title for Guardiola’s side, as it would bolster the area of the squad that is lacking in sufficient depth, their backline.

John Stones picked up a hamstring problem earlier this month and looks set to miss the rest of 2017, while there are always fitness concerns around Vincent Kompany, who has not exceeded 20 Premier League appearances in a season since the 2014/15 campaign.

And with Nicolas Otamendi the only other regular centre-back, what with Eliaquim Mangala hardly doing enough to warrant selection, Guardiola could face a centre-half crisis come the New Year, a crisis which could well derail their title chances.

Yet landing Martinez would go some way to addressing that issue, as well as providing competition in the heart of the back four to keep the likes of Stones, Kompany, and Otamendi on their toes for the remainder of the campaign.

And when one considers that Martinez is also supremely adept at left-back, that’s another potential problem area which could be fixed by the 26-year-old’s arrival.

Midfielder Fabian Delph is currently occupying the left-back berth following the injury to Benjamin Mendy, who looks set to miss the best part of the campaign following a cruciate ligament problem he sustained back in their 5-0 win over Crystal Palace on September 23.

And although Delph has so far deputised well for the Citizens, one wonders whether he can continue to produce those high-level performances on a consistent basis for the rest of the campaign, so bringing in a versatile defender like Martinez, with an adeptness to play left-back, could be exactly what they need.

Ultimately, there aren’t many flaws in the City team at present, but the centre-back positions and left-back area could become problematic as the season progresses – thus landing the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) in January could strengthen those ranks, and as such all but seal the title for Guardiola’s side.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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