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Athletic Bilbao refer Man City to Martinez buyout clause

Athletic Bilbao are demanding Manchester City meet Javi Martinez's buyout clause.

Bilbao have told Manchester City to forget about trying to sign Martinez for less than his £31.7million release clause.

The Basque club have so far fended off intense interest in the midfielder-cum-defender and his Spain team-mate Fernando Llorente.

They have already scared away Barcelona, who turned to Arsenal's Alex Song after being priced out of a move for Martinez, but City and Bayern Munich remain in the race for the 23-year-old.

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