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Pep Guardiola is reportedly scouring the prospect of landing Real Sociedad centre-back Inigo Martinez to pair with John Stones at Manchester City.

According to The Sun, Pep Guardiola is not content with the depth at centre-back despite their gradual improvement at the back. While John Stones seems to have locked down a regular place for himself, the Manchester City boss is pondering a move to bring in Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez as the Englishman’s partner for long-term.

Apart from Nicolas Otamendi, who seems to have turned a new leaf under Pep Guardiola, the other options at centre-back – Vincent Kompany and Elaquim Mangala – are not entirely in the Spaniard’s plans, who has often deployed Fernandinho in the said position despite the availability of the mentioned duo.

This restricts Guardiola’s first-choice options to just two, which is not healthy for a club aiming to compete on all four fronts. Inigo Martinez thus, provides an amicable solution. The Spanish centre-back is someone that Guardiola and the other coaches admire a lot.

Despite his dogged size, the 26-year-old is widely respected within Spain and in Europe, in general, as one of the most commanding centre-backs to not be plying his trade for a top team. And it is not for the lack of interest, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and maybe more often linked with the defender.



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