Liverpool face difficult bid to sign Spain international defender

Real Sociedad Anoeta

The Anfield club are set for a long summer of negotiations, if they're to sign Real Sociedad centre-back, Iñigo Martinez.

Last summer, Liverpool were involved in a defensive transfer saga, in their efforts to sign Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, but eventually and after countless meetings between the two clubs, the player eventually moved to Anfield.

A similar series of lengthy negotiations, haggling and cajoling, now seems on the cards this summer, according to Marca, as Liverpool pursue their interest in landing Spain international, Iñigo Martinez.

Reports claim that Liverpool have had an initial offer of €20 million rejected by Real Sociedad, earlier this week, and for two key reasons.

Firstly, manager David Moyes is keen to ensure one of his most important centre-backs, remains at Anoeta next season. Secondly, Real Sociedad have informed Reds officials that they won't sell the 23-year-old, for a cent less than his €30 million release clause valuation.

Real Sociedad currently have no need to sell, following last summer's sales of Claudio Bravo to Barcelona, and Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid, meaning the financial situation at the Basque club, is very healthy right now.

Liverpool encountered the same situation last summer, when locked in talks with Sevilla, over the eventual purchase of Alberto Moreno. But with persistence, the Merseyside club finally got their man. A patient approach to negotiations, may again prove virtuous.

As such, the current indications are that Liverpool will maintain their contact with Real Sociedad, although whether they're prepared to meet the full asking price, remains to be seen.

However, it should be noted that Real Sociedad have previously fought off interest from La Liga giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, with the Basque club sticking firmly to their guns, when it comes to their valuation of Martinez.

One advantage suggested, is that Liverpool could make Martinez an offer, substantially higher than his current €1.2 million per season salary. It is also believed that the opportunity of a move to the Premier League, would be appealing to the defender.

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