By FRANCO PANIZO
Bayern Munich are about to crack open their piggy bank, and they are going to do so for one of the up-and-coming Spanish internationals.
Bayern Munich are nearing a record deal for Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez, and the reported transfer fee is expected to be $49.1 million. Should the 23-year-old Spanish midfielder join for that amount, the deal would mark the largest transfer in the German club's history. That would be larger than the $43 million they coughed up to VfB Stuttgart in 2009 for Mario Gomez.
Martinez, who can also play in defense, has been coveted by Bayern for much of the transfer window. He was on the Spain roster that won Euro 2012 earlier this summer.
Here are more transfer stories to help get your Thursday started:
MODRIC CLOSE TO FINALIZING MADRID MOVE
Real Madrid are closing in on one of their prime transfer targets, as Luka Modric is expected to sign with the club in the coming days. Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed on a fee for the Croatian international, but the Spurs want to find Modric's replacement before they let him go. The reported trasnfer fee is worth $37.1 million plus $6.1 million in add-ons.
ANITA SIGNS FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH NEWCASTLE
Newcastle United have bolstered their roster with the acquisition of a Dutch international. Newcastle has signed Vurnon Anita to a five-year deal from Ajax after the clubs agreed to a reported transfer fee of $10.5 million. The 23-year-old Anita is expected to serve as a midfielder, but he is also capable of playing either fullback spot.
LIVERPOOL HOPEFUL OF ADDING SAHIN ON LOAN
The race to acquire Nuri Sahin appears to be nearing its end, and Liverpool look to be the winners. Liverpool are closing in on signing Sahin on a season-long loan from Real Madrid despite Arsenal's pursuit for the midfielder. The 23-year-old Turkey international craves playing in the Champions League after a frustrating debut campaign with Real Madrid, but not even Arsenal's standing in that competition appears to have sufficed for Sahin.
What do you think of Bayern nearing the signing of Martinez? How will Modric do with Madrid? Think Newcastle got Anita on a bargain of a deal?
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