Barcelona’s transfer plan to inadvertently block United’s Kroos move?

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Barcelona are reportedly intent on signing Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez this summer, which could have implications for Manchester United’s Toni Kroos bid.

According to Spanish press Mundo Deportivo, Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has become a Barcelona target this summer.

The 25-year-old midfielder opted to join the Bundesliga champions instead of Barcelona in the summer of 2012, and went on to have an enormously successful debut season as he helped the Bavarians complete an historic treble.

Since then, the Spanish international has featured less frequently under Catalan boss Pep Guardiola, starting just 11 Bundesliga matches all season.

Following Barcelona’s transfer ban being lifted, the Catalans are poised to reshuffle the pack this summer and it is said that Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song will be moved on in an attempt to raise funds for a big-money Martinez move.

Bayern Munich bought the player for €40m two summers ago, therefore it is expected that Barcelona will have to offer a similar amount to finally sign their protracted midfield target.

Should Javi Martinez make a headline-making move to the Nou Camp this summer, the deal could have disappointing implications for Manchester United and their attempt to sign German international Toni Kroos.

The 24-year-old has been a season-long target for the Red Devils after Kroos’ renowned contract dilemma with the German giants.

It is thought United are willing to hold out for the player whose contract expires in 2015. However, a Martinez exit could put more pressure on Bayern to sit-down with Kroos and tie his long-term future to the club instead of risk losing yet another midfielder.

Either way, it appears that manager-less United are some distance away from striking a deal with Kroos and they could soon find themselves in a situation where a possible Old Trafford arrival is firmly out of their reach.

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