PEP GUARDIOLA is considering Inigo Martinez as he looks to strengthen his backline, according to reports in Spain.
And the Real Sociedad would be a snip as his buy-out clause stands at “just” £28.5million.
With doubts over Vincent Kompany’s fitness and Eliaquim Mangala having failed to convince Guardiola he possesses enough quality, Manchester City are looking to bring in a new central defender.
And Sport insist they are looking at Martinez.
The ball-playing centre-back is one of the most highly-rated in Spain and was close to joining Barcelona in the summer.
One of the elements that attracts City to him is that they already know exactly what they would need to pay.
Real Sociedad have made it clear they will not sell for a penny under the buy-out clause.
But, with City having spent heavily on defenders in recent seasons, they would see £28.5m as a reasonable piece of business.
Martinez, 26, has been with the Basque side his entire career and made his international debut in 2013 — just two months after winning the Under 21 European Championship.
He was then named in the team of the tournament following La Roja’s success.