Arsenal face Barcelona in battle for Javi Martinez

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Barcelona are ready to launch a stunning £30m offer for Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez to blow Arsenal out of the water, reports the Daily Mail.

The Spanish international has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena and Arsenal were reportedly weighing up an opening offer of around £20m to tempt Bayern into a sale.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has placed signing a commanding midfielder on the top of his priorities for the summer and turned to Martinez after finding his route to Lars Bender blocked.

Bayer Leverkusen's star midfielder has recently claimed that he does not feel ready to move to a big club like Arsenal, all but ruling out a summer move to the Emirates Stadium.

Barcelona are now preparing to deliver more heartbreak to the Gunners by offering £10m more than Arsenal's proposed bid in order to push through a quick deal.

Martinez, a defensive midfielder who can also operate in defence, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for the departing Carles Puyol. As a Spaniard, a move back to his homeland appeals to Martinez the most.

He is seen to fit the Barcelona mould for a centre-back and, as a result, officials at the Nou Camp are willing to repay almost all of the original £32m Bayern paid for Martinez in 2012.

For Gunners boss Wenger, Barcelona's interest could mean the end of what has been a short pursuit. Whether or not the Frenchman will try to convince Bender or move onto a third choice target is still unknown. 

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