Friday, September 14, 2012

Will Martinez deal lead Bayern to Bundesliga riches?

In the space of a couple of months Javi Martinez has gone from an unknown to the Bundesliga's most expensive signing. Bayern Munich's greatest player curiously seemed lost for words when he was first asked about the Spaniard's arrival by reporters. "Javi Martinez?,"' Franz Beckenbauer replied. ''I don't know him. I have never seen him play. He seems expensive. But what's the difference really when you're talking about €30 million or €40m?'' This seemed a carefree attitude to the purse strings from a club that has turned in a profit for 29 of the last 30 seasons. But Bayern went ahead and splashed out a Bundesliga record of €40 million, an astonishing fee that made club such as Manchester City and PSG baulk.

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