Highly rated Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez is a transfer target for Chelsea.
However, news of the current Barclays Premier League champions interest is likely to alert a number of clubs who will all be monitoring the situation.
The 22-year-old Spaniard has been previously linked with a move to England when former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez tried to bring him to Anfield.
But Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has now signalled his intentions to try and bring the promising star to Stamford Bridge after orders from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to ‘freshen up’ their ageing squad with some exciting young talent.
Despite his tender years Martinez has considerable experience for such a young player, having made his Bilbao debut at the age of seventeen he has clocked up over 150 appearances for the La Liga club.
Described by sportingo as a midfield dynamo who is comfortable on the ball, strong in the tackle and not shy in front of goal, Martinez could prove to be a tremendous asset to the Blues should they decide to step up their interest in bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
However, with current Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish also in the market for midfield additions, Martinez may become the subject of a bidding war between the two clubs.
Anfield owners NESV have shown they are prepared to back Dalglish in the transfer market in a bid to return Liverpool football club to its former glories.
With a valuation in the region of £18million, big-spending Liverpool and Chelsea are sure to be the Barclays Premier League frontrunners for the player’s signature in the summer.