Following the news that Benjamin Mendy’s anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee is likely to rule him out of action for at least seven months, Manchester City may be forced into the transfer market to find a replacement.
Although Fabian Delph filled in at left-back in their victory at Chelsea on Saturday, and there are several other players who could potentially cover for Mendy as well, none of them are natural left-sided full backs and City may want to recruit a specialist to fill the position.
TalkSport reports that one player on their radar is Espanyol full-back Aaron Martin who, at 20 years old, is regarded as one of the rising stars in Spanish football, already having caught the eye with a number of impressive performances this summer.
City have been tracking the player for some time, apparently, and were considering making a move for him next summer. However, with the player’s buy-out clause, which currently stands at £26.5 million set to rise to £35.3 million next year, City may be tempted to try and secure the player in January.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.