Espanyol have rejected a bid from RB Leipzig for defender Aaron Martin, reports the Mirror. The 20-year-old, who has been linked with Manchester United, Napoli and Manchester City, is highly-rated but will set sides back £26m.
The report says RB Leipzig’s bid for Martin was £16m, considerably less than his release clause. He’s made more than 50 appearances for Espanyol since being promoted to the first-team, while representing Spain u21s on four occasions.
Manchester United were linked with the left-back when Luke Shaw’s future was uncertain, but the English international has since turned his form around and may have nailed down a starting place for the foreseeable future.
As a result, Jose Mourinho might now overlook Martin, meaning the likes of RB Leipzig, Manchester City and Napoli have a free run of procuring his signature. Espanyol’s struggles in La Liga this season might see him being open to an exit too.
The Spaniards are currently 15th in the division, just three places above the relegation zone after 22 games. Martin is getting regular football at the RCDE Stadium but a European giant might take advantage of the situation, promising him development with world class teammates.