Saturday, 24th December, 2011
Manchester United have emerged as the latest suitors for Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.
The 20-year-old centre back has been tipped for big things and already a cavalcade of scouts are regularly gracing the Anoeta in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Basque talent.
Already believed to be tracking Martinez are La Liga powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Merseyside giants Liverpool are well aware of the upward curve the defender’s career is taking.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is increasingly planning for a future without veteran defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – and although the English champions have Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, another top quality young defensive prospect is on the agenda.
Martinez has made impressive progress with Real Sociedad this season, since making his senior La Liga debut on 27th August against Sporting Gijon after spending last year with the club’s B team.
The Basque star has seen his talents recognised at international level too, with caps under his belt for Spain’s Under-21 team.
Martinez is under contract with Real Sociedad until 2015.