Could Espanyol full back Aaron Martin be the answer to Manchester City’s potential problems at left back? According to the Daily Mail, City manager Pep Guardiola was an admirer of the young Spanish defender in the summer of 2017, before the £52-million capture of Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy cooled substantial interest.
Unfortunately, however, in September Mendy suffered ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament damage following a collision during City’s 5-0 home defeat of Crystal Palace, side-lining the newly recruited defender for what looks likely to be the remainder of the season.
Whilst midfielder Fabian Delph has been relatively impressive deputising in his new found left back role, competition and cover for such a pivotal aspect of City’s playing style will be of high priority to Guardiola, given that they will be looking to advance to the latter stages of the Champions League, as well as setting the pace on all domestic fronts.
Martin made his first team La Liga debut for Espanyol in October 2016, and has gone on to make over 30 appearances since then, being handed a new contract until 2020.
The young defender is widely regarded as one of the hottest up and coming full backs in Europe, and with a buy-out clause of around 35 million Euros, it would not be of great surprise to see such a figure met by the free spending Premier League leaders in recruiting such a prospect.