Bayern set to complete €40m Javi Martinez deal – report

Javi Martinez will complete his record-breaking €40m transfer from Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, according to a report by Bild.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of ongoing interest from the Bavarian giants in recent months but it appears that a deal for the Spaniard has finally been struck, making him the most expensive player in Bundesliga history.

An agreement between the two sides appeared close until recently when the transfer hit a snag with a number of complications in the negotiations between the two sides.

These have now been resolved as Bayern will leave a cheque for €40m in Madrid where Martinez will go when he visits the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to cancel his contract, so every tax and judicial issue will be solved, according to the report.

The Spain international will sign a five-year contract but has agreed to forego €2m of his salary per year, potentially making the deal €10m cheaper for Die Roten.

Martinez, along with Fernando Llorente, had been left out of the Leones squad that will face HJK Helsinki in the Europa League on Thursday.

Lattek questions Sammer's role at Bayern

Udo Lattek has claimed that the matchday presence of new Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer should be closely monitored.

The former sweeper replaced Christian Nerlinger earlier in the summer, having relinquished his role as technical director of the German Football Association (DFB) to work alongside head coach Jupp Heynckes in addressing first-team affairs.

However, his role during fixtures has come under scruntiny, despite the side’s winning start to the new season, with Oliver Kahn raising doubts over Sammer’s job description, and the legendary boss believes his relationship with Heynckes could prove volatile.

“There should not be any fidgeting in the dugout,” Lattek told Bild. “I like Matthias Sammer very much, but I do not know if that’s really important.

“In any case, the coach has to be recognised by the entire team. If he does not, then it will be difficult, so you have to be very careful.

“I don’t know what agreement the two share with each other, but it is very, very critical [to the club’s chances of success].”

Lattek and Sammer temporarily worked together at Borussia Dortmund in 2000, following Bernd Krauss’ unsuccessful reign at the Signal Iduna Park, and he reflected on their working relationship.

“For us, it was very simple. I was the boss and he was the one who listened,” he added.

“I’ve always said that this co-existence between Jupp Heynckes and Matthias Sammer is very hairy. Sammer is a very independent person, and Heynckes is too.

“If these two fall into problems, of whatever kind, then it will not be easy to control.”

Shaqiri: I don't mind warming the bench for Bayern

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri is ready to accept a spot on the bench for now as he feels that the team’s collective interests are more important.

The Switzerland international featured from the start in the 3-0 Bundesliga win over Greuther Furth on Saturday, but is likely to lose his starting berth to Franck Ribery again when the Frenchman returns from injury.

“It does not really matter who features from the start and who has to settle for a spot on the bench. The most important thing is that we act as a team this season,” Shaqiri was quoted as saying by TZ.

“Only then can we be successful. Even when I end up on the bench in the next few weeks, I still don’t really mind, even though every player obviously always wants to play.”

Bayern host Stuttgart on Sunday in their second Bundesliga game of the season.

Bayern target Martinez delighted to be subject of German attention

Javi Martinez has admitted that he is enjoying basking in the attention of Bayern Munich’s fans, as the Bundesliga giants prepare to tie up a deal with Athletic Bilbao for his signature.

The Euro 2012 winner has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a €40 million move to the Bundesliga runners-up, although the stop-start nature of the switch has led to recent pessimism whether a transfer can occur before Friday’s deadlne.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old Spain international insists that despite being flattered by the rumours, he remains unconcerned, and is just going about his daily routines as per usual.

“I know the German press and fans are very interested in who I am,” Martinez enthused. “It’s truly great to have so much interest from Germany.”

“I can’t say much else [about a transfer] though. I’m just relaxed and training training, trying to stay in shape and wait for a decision. I cannot do more than that.”

The versatile midfielder has amassed over 200 Primera Division appearances for Los Leones, reaching the Europa League final last season, only to see his side capitulate 3-0 to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid.

Coach Marcelo Bielsa has opted to leave both Martinez and Juventus transfer target Fernando Llorente out of his squads for recent Liga matches.

Kahn criticises Bayern appointment of Sammer

Oliver Kahn has lashed out at Matthias Sammer’s handling of Bayern Munich, claiming the official’s involvement in day-to-day club activities border on intrusive.

The retired Germany goalkeeper feels his former international team-mate, who was named the new technical director of the Bavarian giants in July, has to take a necessary step backwards in order to avoid interference with coach Jupp Heynckes.

“With Sammer constantly being at team training sessions as well as his very public comments on Bayern Munich’s game plans, he appears to be like a second coach,” lambasted the 43-year-old in his personal Bild column.

“Meddling in the coach’s department poses potential conflicts at organisational level that will quickly lead to failure on the field.

“Club operations only work successfully if task distribution is clearly defined and respected by all parties.”

Despite this perceived conflict of interests at management level, Bayern have embarked on a strong start to the season, ousting traditional rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup before sweeping to a 3-0 Bundesliga opening-day victory over Greuther Furth.