Posted on Sunday, 29th April 2012 by Tony Merakli
The 23-year-old midfielder has attracted the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in recent times after his impressive displays in the Europa League for the La Liga outfit, and it seems Arsene Wenger has taken note of the Spanish international by sending a senior scout to watch Martinez in Bilbao’s 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.
Just last year Martinez signed a two-year contract extension to existing deal and is now tied down to the Basque club until 2016. But there is a buy-out clause in his contract which stands at £32.5 million.
Now I have to say this rumour made me laugh out loud because we will no way in a million years splash that amount out cash on any player, let alone Martinez.
Don’t get me wrong, he is an exceptional player and has a very bright future ahead of him, but £32.5 million for a 23-year-old is ludicrous in my book.
It will be interesting to see how this story develops though, especially as we have an abundance of midfielders at our club already and are in hot pursuit of Yann M’Vila. Personally I don’t see us acquiring Martinez, unless we can negotiate a better deal for ourselves, which is highly unlikely considering Barca and United are interested.
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