Man City target Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez

Premier League leaders Manchester City are targeting a move for Spain and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez.

Inigo Martinez
Inigo Martinez is one of a number for defensive targets Manchester City are looking at signing in the January transfer window

British sports channel Sky Sports News are reporting that Pepe Guardiola is looking to sign a central defender this January transfer window, with Inigo Martinez one of the options he is looking at.

Man City are also looking at West Brom’s Jonny Evans, who was also a target for the club during last summers transfer window.

City, who missed out on their first choice defensive target last week when Liverpool signed Virgil Van Dijk, will be looking to add more defensive cover in the centre of defence.

With Vincent Kompany out injured again, and John Stones only returning from a long lay off this week, Pepe Guardiola feels his team are very light of cover at the back.

Martinez, who is 26-years-old, is a full Spain international with four caps to his name. He is regarded one of the best defenders in La Liga and has been linked with a host of Europes top clubs in the past.

it is reported that the player has a £28.5m buy-out clause inserted into his contract. City may see this as better value for money considering Virgil Van Dijk was sold for £75m and West Brom asking £30m+ for Jonny Evans.

However, Van Dijk and Evans offer experience of playing in the Premier Leauge, something Martinez will need to adapt to if he was to make a move over to the Etihad this month.

City, who are 15 points clear of closest rivals United in the Premier League, will have a busy schedule coming up in the first half of 2018. They have a two-legged League Cup semi-final against League 1 side Bristol City and an FA Cup tie over the coming weekend.