Arsene Wenger is seeking clarification on Javi Martinez's future at Bayern Munich before he presses ahead with a £20million move for Lars Bender.

As it stands, Bayer Leverkusen's Bender remains the Gunners' leading midfield transfer candidate, with club officials feeling he is the best realistic option open to them this summer.

But they are monitoring Martinez's future and, amid rumours the Spaniard is unhappy at Bayern, they have enquired about his availability.

Wenger tried to sign Martinez ahead of the 2012-13 season as a replacement for the outgoing Alex Song. But Arsenal were blown out of the water by Bayern who met the midfielder's £32m release clause.