Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in their first game of 2018, with the Premier League leaders easing past Watford 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men saw their remarkable 18-match winning streak in the league come to an end with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, although they did at least maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign. Yet the Citizens took just 48 hours to get back to winning ways as goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, alongside an own goal from Christan Kabasele, sealed a comfortable victory over Marco Silva’s side, with Andre Gray’s late effort nothing more than a consolation for the traveling Hornets.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Sport (via talkSPORT), which details the amount their club will need to pay to lure defender Inigo Martinez to the Etihad this month, namely £28.5 million.
The 26-year-old came up through the ranks at current club Real Sociedad and has since gone on to play 237 games for the Spanish outfit, in which time he has scored 17 goals.
And the Spain international must be doing something right as he was reportedly linked with a move to City during the summer, only for no deal to materialise, yet that doesn’t appear to have stopped Guardiola from targeting the defender ahead of the January window.
And now City know exactly how much it will cost them to sign Martinez this month, as recent reports suggest that the Citizens must pay his £28.5 million release clause to prize him away from La Liga.
It now remains to be seen whether Guardiola’s side are indeed willing to match that figure, as they seek defensive reinforcements to cope with their pursuit of silverware in the second half of the campaign.
Landlord’s verdict: Inigo Martinez appears to have been on Pep Guardiola’s radar for a while now, with the Manchester City manager linked with the Spanish centre-back during the summer.
Those links have continued throughout the current campaign into the January window, and recent reports outline exactly how much it will cost the Premier League leaders to sign the 26-year-old, namely £28.5 million.
And with City possessing huge financial power, that is not a figure that is going to daunt them, but it remains to be seen whether they are indeed willing to pay that for the defender.
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