Martinez set to sign for Bayern in record deal
BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
36 Spain's Javier Martinez (L) vies with Honduras' Luis Garrido (R) during the London 2012 Olympic Games men's football match Honduras against Spain at St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, on July 29, 2012. AFP photoSpain midfielder Javier Martinez looks set to sign for Bayern Munich on Wednesday after passing the obligatory medical in the Bavarian capital, according to reports in the German media.
The 23-year-old has been a Bayern target for weeks and the Bavarian giants are reported to be set to pay a Bundesliga record fee of 40 million euros (US$50.2m) for him.
German Sky broadcast images of Martinez, who currently plays for Athletic Bilbao, arriving in Munich at midnight on Tuesday, having trained with his Spanish team earlier that day, with the transfer window set to close on Friday.
The defensive midfielder has made eight appearances for Spain and he came off the bench for Spain briefly at both the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Bayern have already strengthened their squad this season with midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri arriving from FC Basel, striker Mario Mandzukic from Wolfsburg and Brazilian defender Dante from Moenchengladbach.