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United face three-way race for Martinez

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Barcelona have joined the race to sign Manchester City and Manchester United target Javi Martinez according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, after turning in a series of impressive performances over the past 12 months.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has long been credited with an interest in Martinez as he looks to add more creativity to his Old Trafford ranks this summer.

However, Manchester United's hopes of landing the Spaniard have been dealt a major blow after the reigning European champions emerged as contenders for his signature.

With Manchester City already weighing up a £25million offer for the box-to-box midfielder, competition for Martinez's signature will be fierce when the transfer window reopens in June.

Bilbao will be looking for closer to the £34million release clause currently written into the player's contract, after Martinez signed a new deal at San Mames at the end of last season.

The La Liga outfit will be hoping that the three-way fight will drive the transfer fee up, as the club looks to pocket a small fortune for a player who already has one World Cup winners medal to his name, prior to captaining La Roja's U21 side to European Championship glory last summer.

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