Bayern Munich have reportedly lined up a three-man shortlist consisting of Arsenal and Chelsea target Sami Khedira, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane plus Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin as a potential Javi Martinez replacement.
The Bundesliga champions were struck a blow ahead of the new season as Spanish international Martinez was ruled out for up to nine months following a knee injury sustained in the recent German Super Cup final.
The 25-year-old former Athletic Bilbao star is comfortable playing either in central midfield or at centre-back and excellent ball ability is crucial to Guardiola’s possession-based system.
As a result of his injury, the Bavarians have immediately gone on the search for a replacement with Real Madrid outcast Sami Khedira reportedly one of three on the list, according to German media outlet Bild.
The German international has been heavily linked with move to both Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks, with the latter reportedly interested in signing the World Cup winner before the transfer window closes.
The Gunners are still light in the defensive midfield area, and unless a new player comes in, this area could be Arsene Wenger’s Achilles heel as he bids to win his first Premier League title since 2004.
Khedira’s Real Madrid future looks all-but over after the club purchased Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez to further boost their expensively-assembled squad, and the recent World Cup winner could be available for as little as €15million.
Bild, however, claim that Bayern are interested in a player who could also provide cover at centre-back, suggesting that Varane and Godin could be preferred the options.
The Madrid-based duo have both been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past, with the Blues boss Jose Mourinho especially keen on French international Varane.
The 21-year-old is highly-rated at the Santiago Bernabeu, and it would have to take a monumental bid for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to even consider selling the talented youngster.