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TRANSFER NEWS: Chelsea, Arsenal & Man Utd Battle It Out For The “New Xavi”

Premiership trio Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all monitoring Spanish sensation Javi Martinez.

The Athletic Bilbao playermaker was considered one of the best players at the European Under-21 Championship, and was linked with Europe’s elite after a number of elegant displays.

The classy 22-year old has been likened to Spanish team-mate Xavi with his passing ability and movement of the ball and could be heading to the Premiership this summer.

Chelsea have identified the midfielder as an alternative playmaker if the club fail to land Luka Modric or Javier Pastore. Manchester United are also tracking the youngster and believe the Spanish maestro has the ability to succeed as the long term replacement for the retired United legend Paul Scholes.

While Arsenal are considering a number of options if Cesc Fabregas does leave for Barcelona this summer and Martinez has been shortlisted as a replacement for the want-away midfielder.

Submitted by Football Friends




  1. John Tring

    July 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Dear FF, any source for your highly enlightening article? Or just making up a story? Utd have no more money otherwise SAF would have bought Sneijder. The point that baffles millions around the globe is why he bought Young the winger when his central midfield is oh-so-rubbish.Wait for the struggle to begin. Sigh.

  2. Oladele

    July 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

    are you not tired of the old same stories everyday? am tired of chelsea’s attitude in the transfer market don’t know about you.

    • edward

      July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

      I agree with you. I am bored with it. And it is not rocket science for us to know that chelsea need to sign wingers and inject pace into the team. We still have good strikers like DRogba and Torres. But we need wingers – like when we had Robben and Duff.

  3. bc

    July 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Martinez plays deeper more like a dm.

  4. kaka

    July 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

    If chelsea see’s him only as an alternative player to modric and pastore then that means he will not be going to the bridge as chelsea and palermo are in the final stages of negotiation to bring pastore to the brige and then chelsea are also tracking McCarthy it seems.

  5. fidelis odoh

    July 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    iam tire of chelsea transfer rumour.

  6. John

    July 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Utter rubbish. Javi Martinez would never occupy the creative attacking midfielder role. At best, he could be a high-energy box-to-box midfielder (without the decisive passing of any of the players you mentioned). He would be ideally suited to the holding role in a midfield three. He is tall, strong, a good reader of the game, tackling & simple distribution. These are his qualities.
    Please stop printing shameless crap.

  7. tsox-lela

    July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

    i wnt 2 c hm in old traford d hme of trphs

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