Bilbao midfielder Martinez wanted by Man City

Manchester City have identified Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez as a summer transfer target, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 23-year-old, who can also play in central defence, has been capped seven times by the Spanish national team and was part of the victorious Spain squad at the 2010 World Cup, where he made one appearance as a substitute. A year later Martinez captained Spain’s U-21 side to victory in the 2011 European U-21 Championship.

Martinez has made 28 appearances for Bilbao this season, scoring three times, as well as picking up 12 yellow cards and two red. Under the stewardship of former Chile coach Marcelo Biesla, Bilbao are currently fifth in the La Liga table, a point behind Levante in fourth but 30 points off league leaders Real Madrid. Bilbao are also through to the last 16 of the Europa League, where they will meet Manchester United, who the Manchester Evening News report are also on the list of Martinez’s suitors, as are Spanish giants Barcelona.

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