Manchester City are looking to beat Bayern Munich to the signature of Athletic Bilbao defender Javier Martinez, who is currently valued at around £30 million by the Spanish club.
How well would he fit into Manchester City?
The Spanish international, who joined the Basque club from Osasuna for six million euros in 2006 and can play as a defensive midfielder, has been attracting the interest of both the blue half of Manchester and the Munich side all summer.
Now it seems, with Daniele De Rossi stating his desire to stay at Roma, City boss Mancini is ready to strengthen his already incredible midfield with the arrival of Martinez, who was part of the Spain squad who triumphed at the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2012.
The question is would he fit in at an already packed Manchester City squad? A player of his quality would no doubt benefit any team that was to acquire his services, but with City recently signing Jack Rodwell from Everton to fill that position, how well will Martinez slot into the Premier League champions side?
Quite simply Javier Martinez would be a fantastic fit into an already impressive first team. With Nigel De Jong out of favour at Eastlands, Rodwell with a history of injuries in his young career, and with time catching up to Gareth Barry. Martinez presents a youthful vigour, yet also someone who adds a wealth of experience, having already made over 200 appearances for Athletic Bilbao by the age of 23.
With his ability to play in centre defence, Martinez would also provide a great attribution to play alongside the likes of Kompany and Lescott. With Savic and Kolarov having so far failed to impress when called up on for City, Martinez would add a wealth of experience and defensive stability to a team that has proven at times to be lapse in concentration at the back.
The likes of Yaya and Kolo Toure will also this year be heading off to play in the African Cup of Nations, leaving the midfield and defensive berth lighter for what could be over a month during the busy New Year period. If city were to sign Martinez to fill up the defensive midfield berth, and with Zabaleta able to cover the defensive gap. Expect the reigning champions to maintain a rich vein of form throughout the African Cup, a competition which is known for depleting many top clubs of their stars during a crucial period of the season.
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