Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez to his midfield ranks this summer, according to reports from the Sunday People.

The Spain international has been one of the Bundesliga champions’ key men over the course of the past two seasons, yet there is much talk that he may be on his way out of the Allianz Arena in the coming months.

Arsenal have been linked with the skilful holding midfielder of late, with a bid of close to the £36m he cost the Bavarians in 2012 rumoured to be on their agenda.

But now Liverpool are also in the battle, as Rodgers plots to plug the holes in his side’s leaky defensive unit.

The Reds conceded 50 goals last term, which contributed heavily to missing out on a first ever Premier League crown.

Although Steven Gerrard now operates in a deep role, Martinez is seen as a more orthodox option, and could free up the England skipper to get further forward.

The 25-year-old wasn’t on Rodgers’ original transfer hit-list, but with talk that he may be available circulating the Northern Irishman sees a deal as too good of a possibility to turn down.

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