The Spain international is being heavily reported as a target for the Old Trafford outfit – but does he fit the bill?
Although both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been accredited with an interest in the Spain international, Manchester United have also been a team mentioned as a potential suitor.
Martinez has added fuel to the fire by recently favouring a tweet of a report linking him with a summer switch to Old Trafford, which could well be an indication that he is interested in a move to Manchester.
However, with United set to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand this summer, would Martinez fit the bill?
Looking at it objectively, Martinez certainly seems like the type of player that David Moyes should be looking at.
At 22 he has his best years ahead of him, with his physical attributes cut out for the Premier League. His standing in the game in Spain is high, and to be fighting for a place in the world champions’ national squad shows his pedigree.
However, with Vidic’s departure leaving big shoes to fill, opting for a player that has limited experience playing at the top level is always going to be a risk.
Martinez may well be a Spain international, but he has only amassed two caps so far. His Champions League experience is limited to the group stages this season and as such the defender still has a lot to learn.
With a new environment, language and league to acclimatise to, expecting Martinez to be an instant hit at Old Trafford would be slightly short sighted.
There is no doubt that in the long run he has all the potential to be a star for the Red Devils, but putting all the club’s hopes on him to replace the outgoing Serb could be a recipe for more disaster.