Manchester City have had a €20 million bid for Espanyol left-back Aarón Martín rejected by the Catalan club as they look to hold out in the hope that Pep Guardiola’s side will splash out the €30 million required to activate his release clause.
The club are believed to be open to selling, with former player Didac Villa already lined up as a replacement. However, they have rejected this initial bid, likely as they hope to squeeze more money out of one of the world’s richest clubs.
The 20-year-old established himself in Quique Sanchez Flores’ side last season. Having made his first team debut in October, he rapidly became first choice and signed a six year contract in January after being promoted from the B team indefinitely.
Good on the ball and often seen dribbling down the left flank, it is clear to see why Guardiola may be keen to bring the Catalan to work with him as an alternative to ex-Monaco man Benjamin Mendy at left-back.
The sooner a deal can be reached the better for both clubs as Espanyol may look to invest some of the money elsewhere in the squad with a lack of depth evident in several positions, potentially making a sale necessary.