Manchester City are readying January bid for Benat Etxebarria, according to Spanish daily AS.
The Spain international is widely regarded as one of the best central midfielders in Spain and it is only a matter of time before he leaves Real Betis for a big European club.
Top Premier League clubs have been showing interest in the midfielder, and AS now reports that Manchester City are ready to make an official bid.
Real Betis officials are doing everything they can to keep hold of their prized asset, but they will be powerless if a club match his €20 million release clause.
The Citizens have reignited their interest in the player after the arrival of Txiki Begiristain, who is trying to persuade club chiefs to splash the cash on the 25-year-old.
Benat Etxebarria has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 3 goals and producing 5 assists in 13 La Liga fixtures.