Bayern Munich’s new director of football Matthias Sammer says the Bavarians are prepared to wait for the Spanish international.
The Bundesliga outfit have been heavily linked with the Athletic Bilbao player in recent weeks despite the player’s representatives claiming there has been no contact thus far, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Even so, Sammer insists the 23-year-old is very much on Bayern’s radar although they are not prepared to pay more than €25m for the midfielder, whose rescission clause stands at a prohibitive Є40m.
“We know Martinez very well and our coaching staff think he is a great player, so we are going to wait,” he told a Press conference.
Martinez, who operated for much of last season as a central defender, was asked during Euro 2012 whether there was any truth in the rumour he would be moving to the Allianz Arena but declined to comment.
However, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes admits there have already been negotiations.
“It is not a secret that we have spoken with Javi’s agents,” he told AS.
“We have also been in touch with Athletic President Josu Urrutia, who played under me in my first spell as Athletic Head Coach.
“I know how the Basques think. They insist on the rescission clause but it is also a political decision, although Bayern will never pay that amount, that’s for sure,” said Heynckes.