Javi Martinez: Why He Should Sign with FC Barcelona This Summer

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IMay 12, 2012

Javi Martinez
Javi MartinezScott Heavey/Getty Images

FC Barcelona expressed an interest in Club Atletico Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. The news was reported in El Mundo Deportivo with a h/t to Goal.

According to the magazine, Martinez would be a great replacement for Seidou Keita during the summer transfer window. The only problem is the $51M buyout clause in Martinez's contract with Club Atletico Bilbao.

Barca would also face scrutiny (like other European clubs) from UEFA secondary to the Fair Financial Play Act. Martinez has also expressed a desire to remain with Club Atletico Bilbao even though Barca wants him.

What should transpire in this summer transfer story? Martinez should sign with FC Barcelona since he has the potential and the age.

Martinez has an impressive record during the 2011-12 La Liga BBVA season. According to an article written in ESPN Soccernet, he managed to score four goals with one assist and 25 shots within 30 matches.

The same article reports about the ability of Martinez to initiate an attack on the field and dissolve attacks from opposing teams. Martinez is also famous for his command and tackling at midfield.

It remains to be seen whether Javi Martinez will be at Camp Nou this summer with Barca.