Man City boss Mancini tells Athletic Bilbao to drop Martinez price

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits the asking price for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez is proving too steep.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits the asking price for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez is proving too steep.

The Spaniard, also a rumoured target for Bayern Munich, is thought to have a £31million release clause in his contract.

Mancini, speaking at a press conference to preview the Liverpool fixture, said: "It is difficult, his cost is too big. It is too high for me.

"I repeat, we have another week, I think we will do something in this week but for me it is more important to think about Liverpool."

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