If Bayern buy Garay then Arsenal could be free to sign £32m star

Gunners fans should hope that Bayern Munich can complete a deal for former Manchester United target Ezequiel Garay.

Last Saturday, a report in Bild referenced an Argentine newspaper, Clarin, that claimed a £12.2 million deal had been "agreed" between Bayern Munich and Benfica over the transfer of coveted centre back Ezequiel Garay - a player as frequently linked to Manchester United as Salomon Kalou is to Arsenal.

Sport Bild state that the tall defender is available for a cheaper fee than his market rate suggests as he is only contractually-bound to the Portuguese side for a further year, and so the club may wish to negotiate a transfer now while they can still attract a decent fee, rather than face losing the talent on a free basis next summer.

"Garay would provide additional tough competition on the defensive side at Bayern," Bild said. "In Munich last season, Javi Martinez was often used by Guardiola in central defence and then there is the return of Holger Badstuber, also."

Since the article was published, the trail has cooled somewhat, however, Arsenal fans may follow the story with great anticipation as, if the Bundesliga kings were to acquire Garay, then it could plausibly free up Javi Martinez, a £32.56 million rated defender/defensive midfielder who Arsene Wenger has been linked with in past months.

Primarily utilised as a centre back last season, Martinez was also deployed as a midfielder, where he would most likely feature under Arsene Wenger's tutelage at Arsenal, should the Frenchman succeed in any prospective transfer.

In matches that are, on paper, tough to win - against Premier League rivals, for example, or big away games in the Champions League - Martinez would compliment Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the park, providing a stringently defensive-minded '2' in a 4-2-3-1 approach.

Martinez, though, can also provide relief for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, if the primary defensive duo require resting. 

Martinez attempted an average of 2.6 tackles per Bundesliga outing last season, clearing the football 2.8 times, intercepting 1.6 times whilst showing off his possession retention skills with a 90% passing accuracy.

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