Bayern ‘can afford’ Martinez

Bayern Munich’s honorary President Franz Beckenbauer has rejected claims that the club are struggling to finance a deal for Javi Martinez.

A move for the Athletic Bilbao was green-lit this week by the club’s supervisory board, but reports have maintained that the Bavarians require the midfielder to forego a total of €10m from projected earnings with them, in order for the Bavarians to meet the €40m release clause in his Athletic contract.

However, Beckenbauer has laughed off suggestions that this is the case.

“If Bayern wants to buy a player like this, it has been thought through,” he told Sport 1.

“Of course he is expensive, but €30m or €40m is almost nothing. Bayern can afford it.

“I don’t know the player, but from the moment that Bayern wants him he is special. If he wasn’t, Bayern wouldn’t be behind him.”

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