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Man City look to beat United in race for La Liga star
- Updated: 3 June, 2012
Manchester City are to make a £25 million offer for reported Manchester United target Javi Martinez according to Mirror Football.
Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson was said to have sent brother and European scout, Martin to watch Athletic Bilbao play in April by the MailOnline, having been impressed by the Martinez and a number of other youngsters during the Basque side’s Europa League triumph over United in February.
However reports from the Mirror claim City are set to begin their summer spending with a bid for the highly-rated 23-year-old who is also reported to be interesting Barcelona.
City boss Roberto Mancini is targeting a top-class defender after being priced out of a move for Milan’s centre-back Tiago Silva last week. The Italian was told it would cost £25 million plus popular full-back Pablo Zabaleta to land the Brazilian who has impressed at the Serie A side since arriving from Fluminense in 2009.
It is now suggested City have set their sights on Martinez and hope to conclude a deal for the player before the start of the European Championships on Friday, thus ending any interest in the Basque from United or Barca.
City beat United to the Premier League title on final day of the season last month, and Ferguson has vowed to strengthen his United squad in an attempt to bring to crown back to Old Trafford next year.Follow @icentrocampista