Javi Martinez joins Bayern Munich

August 29, 2012
By ESPN.com news services
Bayern Munich signed midfielder Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao in the richest transfer in the 50-year history of the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old Spanish defensive midfielder cost Bayern 40 million euros ($50 million), breaking the previous transfer record set when Mario Gomez joined Bayern from VfB Stuttgart in 2009.

Gomez's transfer reportedly cost between 30 million and 35 million euros ($37.5 million and ($43.8 million).

Martinez signed a five-year contract, ...

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