Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed Pep Guardiola is trying to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Khedira has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, but rather than this news being a blow, it could help the Gunners get their hands on current Bayern star Javi Martinez.
Martinez is a player that Arsene Wenger has openly admitted to having watched for the last couple of years and he reportedly continues to track the Spaniard’s progress in Germany.
Khedira and Martinez are similar players in the respect that they are both at their best controlling the space between their defence and central midfield as holding players.
Khedira’s arrival at Bayern is unlikely to mean the German arrives as the number two holding player, which leaves Martinez in a very awkward position.
He can either adjust to a new position (Spain used him as a centre-back during the World Cup), fight alongside Khedira to be the number one holding player in the squad or he can push to try and get a move away from the club by the end of August.
Should he choose the latter option then Arsenal are well placed to take advantage considering Morgan Schneiderlin looks set to join Spurs and there has been no indication of an imminent move for Lars Bender.
There has been the suggestion of Jack Wilshere turning into a deeper, holding style sort of player but the opportunity to snap up Martinez and offer him a guaranteed role as Arsenal’s holding player is something Wenger may struggle to pass up.
Martinez’ current contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017, which means Guardiola is under no pressure at Bayern Munich to move quickly.
Any Bayern deal for Khedira is unlikely to happen quickly considering the size of the transfer and the idea that Real Madrid could be reluctant to sell to one of their main European rivals.
However, Khedira heading off to Bayern puts Martinez’ position under threat and there’s no reason the Gunners couldn’t try and prise him away if Bayern secure a deal for the World Cup winner.