Javi Martinez could be on his way out of Bayern Munich this summer as it has been reported that the defensive midfielder is being looked at by Barcelona.
Sources in Germany have revealed that the Spaniard is unhappy with his role under Pep Guardiola and is looking for a new challenge. The 25-year-old still has three years left on his contract after joining the club from Athletic Bilbao in 2012 for £31.7 million.
He has made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions but his value this season is lower than it was under Jupp Heynckes as he didn’t start either leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
He has been unable to cement a place in Guardiola’s set up. Earlier this season, Martinez revealed he was rattled by his position at the club.
“I don’t have as much freedom on the field anymore,” he said. “I don’t get forward as often and my game is a little more static.
“The coach believes that I can play in any of the central positions and I’ll play where I’m needed.”
Martinez would be a perfect fit in Barcelona’s defensive jigsaw and after their transfer ban was suspended, now would be the ideal time for the Catalan giants to make their move. His high defensive and attacking work rate likens him to the style that David Luiz possesses and he too is has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp.
It has been reported by the Daily Mail that as well as Barca, Arsenal are interested in the midfielder as they look to strengthen their midfield options after a frustrating season hindered my niggling injuries. With Arsene Wenger set to be given a £100million war chest, the Frenchman will be hoping that he can line up a deal that will lure him away from their rivals.
PSG and Manchester City are interested too but their recent punishment from UEFA regarding their new Financial Fair-Play regulations could steer them away from him.
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