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Javi Martinez: the perfect fit for FCB.
One player that FC Barcelona fans want to see now more than ever is Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez. The 23-year-old may be the one player that makes the most sense to go to Barcelona.
With Jordi Alba now signed, Tito Vilanova will look to find a new center-back to eventually replace Carles Puyol. Seydou Keita has now left Barcelona. It would be perfect if Barcelona could find a player that can play both CB and center defensive midfield.
Javi Martinez is that player.
Fans and even the Barcelona media are hoping Barcelona club officials can somehow find a way to sign Martinez. In a interview with Spanish network Cuatro during Euro 2012, Javi Martinez said he spends more time with Barça players than with Real Madrid players. This caused the buzz around a possible Javi-to-FCB transfer.
According to Sport.es, Tito Vilanova has made signing Javi Martinez his top priority.
But with a €40 million buyout clause in his contract with Bilbao, it’s very complicated to bring Javi to Barça. Let’s not forget that Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid are also following Javi Martinez, hoping to sign him as well.
If Barcelona is going to try and sign Javi Martinez, it’ll have to come via some incredible negotiating.
With Barça having a reported €26 million left to spend this summer and Athletic seemingly not budging for anything less than Javi’s €40 million buyout clause, Sandro Rosell could offer €26 million and a player—perhaps Ibrahim Afellay or Cristian Tello.
If Athletic do not want either player, Barcelona could offer the €26 million plus either Marc Muniesa or Marc Bartra to essentially replace Martinez at CB for Bilbao.
The final option could be fork out an extra €14 million from next year’s budget and complete the €40 million to buy Martinez.
If Javi Martinez is not possible, one alternative at CDM is Rennes' Yann M'Vila who, according to MundoDeportivo.com, is now on Barcelona's radar to possibly replace Seydou Keita.
In my opinion, Javi Martinez is a perfect fit because he plays both CB and CDM. I’d love to see Javi replace Carles Puyol as the new CB as well as play CDM when needed. He is just what FC Barcelona needs right now.
His price tag is high, but it's not impossible.
We’ll see what happens.
Xoel, The Voice of FC Barcelona on Bleacher Report.
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