Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not rest on his laurels, despite the fact that the Red Devils are now five points clear of Manchester City.
Athletic Bilbao’s Martinez is already hot property in European football, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus all interested.
It is thought that Ferguson sees Martinez as the long-term successor to Paul Scholes, but I not sure that this is the case.
For a start, the 23-year-old has played most of his football at centre-back this season. In my opinion, he is more of a holding midfielder. Someone who can break up play like few others, yet still has the ability to start attacks with his fantastic range of passing and composure on the ball.
As a United fan, I am excited about the prospect of Martinez at Old Trafford. He is such a classy player and he has said in the past that a move to the Premier League interests him.
Rather than a successor to Scholes, I see the Spaniard as someone who will give our midfield bite – something we have been missing all to often in recent seasons.
As well as the added steel, Martinez will also provide a huge amount of quality – which puts him ahead of Cheick Tiote on my list (not that Tiote doesn’t have quality).
With Bilbao faltering in La Liga, and clubs debts rising at every team except Real Madrid in Spain, it seems probable that he will leave in the summer.
Bilbao has slapped a £28million price tag on him and reports suggest that Ferguson is happy to meet that price, and more importantly, so are the Glazer family.
The other player linked with United, David Henen, is the latest talented youngster to emerge from Belgium.
The 15-year-old striker is currently at Anderlecht and would probably jump at the chance to move to Old Trafford.
United already have several talented young Belgians in there youth team, including Marnick Vermjil and Adnan Januzaj, which could be a factor in Henen’s decision.
Ferguson would be able to complete this deal with little fuss, as long as the deal is done above board, with United paying Anderlecht around £1million or so in compensation.
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