Anfield and Eastlands in race to snap up talented Spanish starlet.
Liverpool could face a transfer battle with Manchester City this summer in the race to land Spanish youngster Javi Martinez.
The Athletic Bilbao youngster has been on Rafael Benitez’s for some time, and the Liverpool boss was reportedly considering a bid for the player last summer.
Martinez welcomed the interest back in the summer of 2009, saying: “Any player would want to be part of such a good squad.”
A deal never materialised however, and now other clubs are reportedly showing an interest in Los Leones’ talented youngster.
Signed for €6 million in 2006, Martinez made the switch from Osasuna to the Basque club without playing a senior game at the Reyno de Navarra stadium in Pamplona. He became a regular in his first season at San Mamés, and has since made well over 100 league appearances for the La Liga side.
The Spanish U21 international helped Bilbao to the Spanish Cup final in 2009, and his form on that run played a large part in the speculation of a move to Anfield.
Valued at £10 million in the summer, it has recently been reported that City are considering preparing a £26 million bid to meet the buy-out clause in Martinez’s contract.
If Mancini does make the move, the Reds will be unable to match the financial muscle at City and lose out in the race to sign one of the hottest properties in Spanish football.
However, the player’s previous admission about playing football for Liverpool will leave the Reds with half an eye on a potential summer move. With the additional interest, a bid in the region of £15 million might be needed to prize this starlet from his homeland. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Spanish Under 21 international Javi Martinez is a player that Anfield supremo Rafa Benitez has been sniffing around for a while now and this summer could be crunch time. After four successful years of growth at Atletico Bilbao it appears that the talented midfielder likened to former Liverpool favourite Xabi Alonso could be ready for a move into the big time.
For a while it seemed that a move to fellow La Liga sides Barcelona and Real Madrid were more likely than a move to the Premier League but now both Spanish giants have squads packed to the rafters with players to the extent that even household names struggle to get a game and thus it seems a move to England is back on the cards.
I would hope that we could beat Manchester City to the signing of such a talented player as Javi Martinez but a lot depends on whether we can stretch to the £15m quoted in the above source, but I fear that the Spanish side may wish to milk their prized asset for all they can and that would put the Eastlands side in the driving seat, however we do have a host of Martinez’s compatriots at the club and he could well be keen to play under a manager such as Rafa who has been there and done that in Spain and in England.
We do have a few options in the central midfield area but not to the extent that we would not be keen on such an acquisition if the price was right.