Martinez wants Bayern move
Spanish midfielder keen to link up with German giants
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: August 9, 2012 4:42pm
Javi Martinez: Would welcome a summer switch to Bayern Munich
The agent of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez claims his client has expressed a desire to secure a summer switch to Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga giants have been linked with the Spain international for some time, but have yet to put a deal in place.
Martinez's buy-out clause appears to be the sticking point at present, with a predetermined fee set at £31.5m.
Bayern are reluctant to meet that valuation and have been unable to reach a compromise.
Bilbao are understandably keen to hold out for the best possible price, as Martinez is under contract until 2016.
Player power could win the day, though, with the highly-rated 23-year-old making it clear that he wishes to link up with 2012 UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern.
"Javi wants to join Bayern," Martinez's representative Ersin Akan told Sport 1.
"It's also a fact that Bayern still want him."
Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer claims the club are no closer to reaching an agreement for the World Cup winner.
"The move for Javi Martinez is not a must-do situation," he said.
"It is more of a could-happen situation. We will have to see if the transfer happens."