Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are considering a move for Espanyol youngster Aaron Martin, according to Bild.
Portuguese club Benfica were said to have agreed a €9m deal for the young defender last month, but they chose to hold off making the move after seeing Alex Grimaldo’s potential sale hit a standstill.
Marca have since reported that that Martin is subject to interest from a number of clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Napoli, who had also shown interest in Grimaldo.
Martin’s exit from Espanyol has long been discussed given his consistent performances for the Catalan club, whilst his departure would follow the likes of Gerard Moreno and David Lopez, who have left.
Wolfsburg are now showing heightened interest and are hoping to take advantage of Benfica’s lack of urgency in negotiations over the transfer.
Martin, who is keen to move on and play in the Champions League – has a release clause at the RCDE stadium of £27million, which the German club are happy to pay if needed.
Coming in to Espanyol this week is striker Borja Iglesias, who has been signed from Celta Vigo, although he spent a year on loan with Real Zaragoza last term in the Spanish second division.