Bayern Munich are set to rival Barcelona in the race for Chelsea defender David Luiz and there’s a very good reason Arsenal should be hoping Pep Guardiola can pull off the deal.
That reason comes in the form of the £20 million rated Javi Martinez, strongly linked with an Arsenal transfer this summer.
Luiz’ ability to play in central defence and in front of the back four as a holding player means Guardiola would have a cast iron replacement for Martinez, making an Arsenal deal more likely.
It’s a move which would also allow Guardiola to move Philipp Lahm to move back to a more preferred right-back position over a central role where Guardiola has asked him to play since he moved to the club.
Arsene Wenger has been watching Javi Martinez for over two-years. He’s a player the Frenchman clearly likes and a player who would offer the Arsenal midfield something they don’t already have.
Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta rotated in the position in front of Arsenal’s back four last season, but neither were able to create a dominant and commanding presence in the side, something Martinez should be able to achieve.
There are potential stumbling blocks to any Bayern deal for the Brazilian Chelsea star.
The history between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola could make Chelsea’s Portuguese manager less willing to do a deal with someone he had several clashes with during his time in Spain.
Mourinho and Guardiola quite publicly don’t get on, which could cause delays and complications in the negotiation process.
There’s also the issue of who will be the manager at Barcelona next season.
Barca’s deal for David Luiz, reportedly agreed according to some sources, seems to depend on whether Gerardo Martino will keep his job or whether Luis Enrique will be in charge at the Nou Camp next season.
The position of the player is also interesting because Barca seem to want him as a centre-back while Bayern would be buying him for a holding midfield role.
Should Barca sign him, he could help the club keep Javier Mascherano as Luiz’ presence would allow the Argentine to play a defensive midfield role himself.
Should Bayern get him then he creates potential knock on effects for several players in the defensive section of Guardiola’s squad.