Arsenal Set Sights On £14m Rated Spanish International Midfielder: Emirates Boss Interested In Martinez

Could Javi be Emirates bound?

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Apr. 11, 2010 - Bilbao (Vizcaya, Spain - BILBAO (SPAIN), 11/04/2010.- Athletic de Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez jubilates his goal against UD Almeria during their Frist Division soccer League match played at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain on 11 April 2010.

Arsenal are reportedly interested in Atletico Bilbao’s highly rated young midfielder Javi Martinez. The Spanish international youngster is often compared to Real Madrid man Xabi Alonso and has been linked with a move from his mid table La Liga employers and could well be keen to team up with fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas in the Emirates midfield.

Whilst Wenger is said to be looking for established names this summer it is worth noting that even though Martinez is just 21 years of age he has already racked up almost 150 top level Spanish appearances and has become one of the hottest prospects in the country.

The battling midfielder is able to combine physicality and skill and is currently on World Cup duty and on the fringes of a starting spot in Vicente del Bosque’s starting line up, such is the high regard for the towering well built youngster.

The £14m rated Bilbao man was linked with a move to Real Madrid but as yet no move has been made by Jose Mourinho and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to be keeping a close eye on the Basque star.

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