Athletic Club Have Reportedly Contacted Javi Martinez Over A Possible Return In The Summer
When Javi Martinez left Athletic Club in the summer of 2012 he was widely regarded as one of the best young players in Europe. Bayern Munich signed him after paying his €40 million release clause, a then club record fee, and he’s gone on to lift several trophies with the German outfit. Now, at the age of 30, reports in Germany suggest that Bayern are interested in selling Martinez in the next transfer window and Athletic want a reunion.
Alberta Santacruz of Oye Athletic has reported that Athletic have already contacted Martinez and the Osasuna product hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the club in the summer. The Basque giants will remain in communication over the coming months in hopes of convincing the 30-year-old to come back to the San Mamés.
At this point Bayern Munich’s asking price for the defensive midfielder is unknown. The fee will likely play a major role in whether or not Athletic are able to be serious contenders to sign Martinez this summer, along with the player’s wage demands. It’s also certain that there will be plenty of other interested clubs if Bayern Munich do put Martinez on the market.
Javi Martinez isn’t the only former player that Athletic are hoping to bring back to the club. Along with Ander Herrera, the Lions also have their eyes set on Fernando Llorente. Athletic were believed to be close to finalizing his transfer before Harry Kane’s injury which led Tottenham to make the decision not to sell. Now the Zurigorri will have to wait until the summer with hopes of signing the striker for free.
“I don’t know what will happen with Fernando”, Martinez told Radio Bilbao. “I haven’t talked to him for a long time. Whatever is best for everyone, hopefully that’s what happens. With the way the team is going Athletic will go much higher, they won’t end the season as low as they are right now. When you spend six wonderful years in Bilbao it’s impossible to forget. I have many friends there and that will never change.”
Martinez also admitted that he watches Athletic play as much as he can. “Yes, of course, when the calendar allows me I try to watch the games. I follow the team closely. The friends that I have in Bilbao are crazy about Athletic and they get bad-tempered. I’m very close friends with many in the team. The squad hasn’t changed that much, but that’s normal. I was very happy when Ibai’s return became official. I know he is super content. Whenever I can take a break and visit Bilbao I love it. It’s great to see my friends. The city is beautiful and I enjoy it.”
Athletic are hopeful that they will be able to convince Javi Martinez to return this summer and, for the moment, it seems as though Bayern Munich will look to sell the 30-year-old to fund other purchases. Whether or not Martinez makes the decision to return is up to him, although there will be several other factors that will affect the potential signing. Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta is determined to make this summer one to remember.