Posted on Monday, 4th June 2012 by Tony Merakli
The 24-year-old recently revealed to Sochaux that he wants to move on following a disappointing season with the French club.
Martin told L’Equipe:
‘I honestly do not know where I will go.
‘My goal was to help keep Sochaux in Ligue 1.
‘For my future, we’ll see. There is also the selection for the Euros which is important because I really want to make the 23.’
‘France or abroad? I do not know, otherwise I would tell you. I do not know when I will make my decision. It will be when it happens.’
Lille reportedly want the Paris-born midfielder to replace Eden Hazard, but Martin has also drawn interest from the Premier League, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool understood to be keen on the 5’7’’ France international.
Having scouted Martin for the past 18 months or so, it is believed all the abovementioned clubs will now look to make a move for him this summer following the player’s latest comments.
Despite having three-years left to run on his existing deal at Sochaux, Martin could potentially leave the French club for as little as £8 million, according to the Metro.
We could really do with a creative maestro coming in to the club this summer and Martin fits the bill in my book.
The Frenchman has excellent vision and awareness, as well superb technical ability and flair.
In the past two seasons at Sochaux, he made a combined total of 73 appearances in all competitions, netting five goals and contributing 27 assists. He is not a proven goal scorer by any means, but his assist rate is impressive and this is what we currently lack at Arsenal – creativity.
£8 million for Martin is a bargain in my book. I really hope Wenger takes initiative and signs the diminutive Frenchman this summer, as he could play a key role for us next season.
Make it happen Wenger!!!
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