Manchester City fully intend to activate the release-clause of Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez in January.

Basque-based journalist Marco Antonio Sande revealed to Cadena Cope that City would move for the 26-year-old in the coming weeks.

The 26-year-old has a release-clause worth €30million and City, who are keen to strengthen in central-defence to fill the void left by Vincent Kompany’s constant injuries, are willing to meet his contractual clause.

The news follows days after Martin Blackburn confirmed City have retained an interest in the Spanish international following months of speculation in the summer window that Pep Guardiola’s side would make a move for the player.

Question marks remain as to whether Martinez could quickly adapt to the English game as his style is more accustomed to the European game rather than the physicality of the Premier League.

Nonetheless, his passing range and left-foot would mean he could become the ideal central-defensive partner alongside John Stones.

Martinez has made eight appearances for Real Sociedad so far this season and close to joining Barcelona in the summer before remaining at the Anoeta Stadium.

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