Entirely too much money, then, for a solitary footballer who is not even an established national team player yet. Whether or not the club can afford to pay such an enormous and outrageous fee, which it certainly can, is entirely beside the point. Even blind men can clearly see a bad precedent and the creation of a justifiable level of expectation that will always be extremely difficult, if not downright impossible, to completely satisfy.
Nevertheless, the dealing is done and a new record transfer fee has been established in the Bundesliga — young JAVI MARTINEZ has now been formally purchased by record German champion BAYERN MUNICH from Spanish La Liga side ATHLETIC BILBAO for the eye-popping fee of 40.0 million Euros.
A defensive midfielder by nature who has always had a knack for getting forward and scoring goals, this past 2011/12 campaign saw Martinez deployed in the center of defense by Athletic Bilbao’s incoming trainer Marcelo Bisela. Despite a limited number of actual senior appearances, the 23-year-old has been a part of the Spanish national team picture for the past few seasons now. Martinez, who has eight caps (0 go) all told, made the 23-man squad for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Africa as well as the 2012 UEFA European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine while appearing as a substitute in one contest at each of those final tournaments for the double-winners.
It is not exactly clear whether the latest Bundesliga history-maker will be used on the backline or in the defensive midfield by his new employers. It is also rather highly unlikely that Martinez will feature in the Startelf for the traditional Bavarian juggernaut when Bayern Munich entertain visiting Vfb Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena on Sunday. Trainer JUPP HEYNCKES has already stated that the incoming Spain international must have some quiet as well as time to fully integrate himself into the team.