The Daily Mail are reporting that Manchester City are considering bidding for highly rated 21 year old Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. Liverpool have been linked with the player in the past but City have apparently been monitoring the player’s progress over the last few months, according to the paper. Scouts have collated an extensive portfolio on the player including his style of player, personality and background, and they were in Austria on Saturday to watch Martinez make his debut for Spain against Saudi Arabia after he came on as a substitute for Xavi. A tall, capable midfielder, the young Basque is rated by Bilbao at £18million, small money to City but an asking price which would rule out any move from Liverpool. Rafa Benitez has monitored the player for some time but they would not be able to compete with City’s financial clout.