David Moyes was spotted at the Emirates last night, but perhaps Toni Kroos wasn’t his intended target.
The Manchester United manager managed to witness first-hand what it would be like to have someone of Toni Kroos’ ability, as the German international put on a dazzling display.
But was the Scot really watching Bayern’s playmaker in action, or was he instead watching over the previous Manchester United target Javi Martinez?
According to recent reports, the former Athletic Bilbao man has been linked with a return to Spain – with Real Madrid the intended destination.
Reports suggested that the 25-year-old isn’t all too happy in Munich after losing his regular midfield spot to former Barcelona star Thiago Alcantara.
Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer however rubbished those claims, saying:
"Javi Martinez to Real Madrid, Muller, I don't know, to Dynamo Dresden, it's all rubbish.
"We're a buying club, not a selling club. And to think about Martinez or Muller for only a second... that's the only thing that bothers me a bit."
Despite Sammer’s comments, the reality remains that Javi Martinez – who has suffered a few injuries – has often been overlooked when fit for one of either Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago.
Martinez has only started five Bundesliga games this season, and with Sami Khedira sounded out as a possible transfer target this summer, it could mean a further lack of game time for the Spaniard.
Manchester United were former suitors when Sir Alex Ferguson sounded out the youngster 18 months ago, and David Moyes’ visit to the Emirates could have been a check-up on Martinez’s latest developments.
His inclusion at the Emirates seemed to be as a result of Schweinsteiger’s injury, and following Szczesny’s red card and a Bayern reshuffle, Martinez found himself dropping back to defence – with right-back Phllip Lahm deemed the more able in that central midfield role.
Manchester United’s necessity for a new midfielder and rumours regarding Javi Martinez’s instable Bayern future could be a case of putting two and two together and coming out with five, but stranger things have happened in football.
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