Bayern Munich forced to pay Osasuna €800,000 over Javi Martinez transfer

Joern Pollex

FIFA have ruled that Bayern must pay Osasuna for last summer's transfer of Javi Martinez.

As you remember, the Javi Martinez transfer saga was wild. First, Bayern were willing to pay the €40 million release clause, but Athletic Bilbao absurdly wanted Martinez to pay it by himself. Then, Javi was on his way to Munich, but he wasn't. Out of nowhere came Manchester City to steal the player from under Bayern's nose. Finally the deal was completed, but then Bilbao threatened to sue Bayern over the transfer.

We all know how that story ends. Martinez played a huge role in Bayern winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and Champions League.

Whoops. It's not over yet, but it soon will be. According to these reports from TZ and Mundo Deportivo, FIFA have ruled that Bayern will have to pay Osasuna over the transfer. Why Osasuna? They were the club of Martinez's youth before Bilbao bought him for €6 million and included a sell on fee in that transfer. Bayern originally refused to pay the €800,000 to Osasuna, but the Basque club pursued it with FIFA. The sport's governing body have ruled, and Bayern will now pay the €800,000.

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