Bayern Munich are reportedly open to selling Javi Martinez and Joshua Zirkzee during the winter transfer window.
Martinez’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the Spaniard had previously indicated that he would like to take on a new challenge at the end of his nine-year spell with Bayern.
The 32-year-old came close to returning to his boyhood club Atletico Bilbao in the summer, but a move did not go through. A report from Sport BILD also claims that Bayern are “unlikely” to offer Martinez a new deal.
Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt are leading the race to sign Zirkzee, albeit on a loan, but are keen on making the deal permanent.
German magazine Kicker report that Bayern would be willing to sanction permanent moves for both these players, if a reasonable offer comes in January.
Kicker suggest that although Martinez has a shortage of suiters in the ongoing transfer window, Hansi Flick’s side will not stand in his way if he wishes to leave.
They also go on to report that senior figures at the club believe that Zirkzee “needs to do more” to justify his role at the club. And Frankfurt, who are looking to replace Bas Dost, are close to making a move for the 19-year-old.
Last week, Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic confirmed the club’s interest in Zirkzee and wants a deal to be finalised “as soon as possible”.
“Zirkzee is a very good young player,” Bobic told Sky (h/t AZ). “Has an incredible amount of potential. Players with this profile are exactly those we are looking for.
“We want to announce a completed deal as soon as possible.”