Arsenal Close In On £8m ‘French Xavi’ Signing

Emirates Stadium target wants summer move.

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Marvin Martin demands move with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool circling

The 24-year-old, who is currently with the France squad ahead of Euro 2012, has told Sochaux officials he intends to move on, after the club suffered another disappointing league campaign, finishing 14th.

‘I’m ready to go and play overseas, but I have not made a decision about my future,’ Martin said.

‘I know there has been contact but I’m 100 per cent focused on France and the Euros.’

Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are all long-term admirers of the forward, and have scouted him intensively in the last 18 months, fulling speculation that they will now move in.

Martin is expected to be available for a bargain £8 million price, despite having three-years left to run on his Sochaux contract, that was only renewed late last year.


talkSPORT has dubbed Marvin Martin the ‘French Xavi’ and that’s high praise indeed for the Sochaux midfielder who has seemingly outgrown his mid-table Ligue 1 side and is now openly courting offers for his services.

Arsenal would appear to lead the chase given that of the three sides named by this source as chasing the 24 year old French international as the North London club is the only one who can offer Martin his first taste of Champions League action.

Arsene Wenger is obviously not averse to signing French nationals and Martin has shown enough potential during his four seasons as a regular at Sochaux to suggest that he could well make the grade at one of Europe’s elite. Marvin Martin is part of Laurent Blanc’s Euro 2012 squad and his valuation may soar if he puts in quality displays in Poland and Ukraine.

One does wonder however where Martin would fit into Wenger’s already crowded central midfield area. If the Gunners have no injury concerns, and that’s a big IF, they have to accommodate Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere in the creative midfield role, supported one would imagine by a defensively minded player as protection, seemingly Alex Song or Emmanuel Frimpong filling that role currently.

Either way £8m is a pretty decent price to pay for a French international regular.

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