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Manchester City Want In-Form La Liga Full-Back To Ease Defensive Crisis: Perfect Fit For Pep?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Phenomenal. That is just the most appropriate word to describe the kind of form Manchester City are currently in, both in the Premier League as well as the Champions League. They are looking unstoppable and have a good possibility of winning silverware at the end of this season at the Etihad.

Gaffer Pep Guardiola, who did not have a very good debut season in the Premier League, has looked a very determined soul this term and has led his team on the right path so far.

He has brought in a number of top-class players to his side and has also let a number of veterans leave during the summer transfer window, reshaping his team in the most suitable way. The aftermath has been nothing less than immaculate for the Citizens and the Spaniard is looking to make it better with every passing fixture.

Guardiola is eyeing an array of players whom he might rope in during the next transfer window in January 2018 to provide his side with even more strength for the future. One of those players, who is on the top of the target list of the Manchester City manager, is his compatriot left-back Aaron Martin, currently plying his trade at the La Liga side Espanyol.

The 20-year-old speedster has attracted the eyes of a number of big-name clubs with his brilliant skills and his ability to make darting runs with the ball into the opposition box. He has made his way into the senior squad in the last season only, before which he spent a significant amount of time with the B team of Espanyol and played a crucial role in the backline for them.

Manchester City are currently facing a huge moment of crisis in their defence, with one of the mainstays in the backline, Benjamin Mendy, being sidelined for the next seven months with a ruptured cruciate ligament. This has left the Citizens search of a viable replacement for the Frenchman, who will be able to play with the same amount of dedication and vigour that Mendy showed since his arrival at the club from the start of the season.

In the current scenario, Martin might come up as the perfect player to fill in for him in the City lineup, helping to continue the way they are playing for the rest of season. However, it is to be seen whether Espanyol let go off their prized possession in the next transfer market. If they do, is he an option for City?

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