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Proposal by Iñigo Martínez! Barça wants the central defender this summer

Published:2/08/2022 - 23:54h

Updated:3/08/2022 - 10:03h

The FC Barcelona board wants to sign another central defender in the summer market and the favorite of the coaching staff is Iñigo Martínez. According to 'SPORT', the club has already made a first offer for the Ondárroa player: 15 million euros

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Iñigo Martínez goes back to approach to the FC Barcelona. While the central follows working in the pre-season with the Athletic Bilbao, the managerial culé advances contacts for ficharle before the beginning of LaLiga the next 12 August. In this sense, the newspaper 'SPORT' informed that Mateu Alemany conversed with Jon Berasategi, general director of the 'lions' and formulated a first offer by the player of 31 years: 15 million more variable euros.

The one of Ondárroa culminates agreement in June of 2023 and, for the moment, has descartado renew with the ones of Saint Mamés. The defender formed in the Real Sociedad has contested five seasons with the 'rojiblancos' contesting a total of 159 parties (7 goals). With a clause of rescission of 80 'kilos' and a value of market in Transfermarkt of 25M, is likely that the first offer culé seem low in the offices of Saint Mamés.

However, if Iñigo follows without renewing, the most likely is that the directive headed by Jon Iriarte opt by trasnferirle this same summer by a mount near to the 25 million euros, this in front of the possibility to lose him free the next year. Martínez is a key piece for Luis Enrique in the Spanish Selection and knows that this could be his last big opportunity to leave to a big club, by which would be loved to play in the Barça.

Likewise, for the ones of Xavi Hernández, the addition of the Basque would be the frutilla of the cake for a staff reinforced in all his lines in the market veraniego. The club already closed the signing of Jules Koundé and has six head offices in the staff (including to Samuel Umtiti), but still does not give by satisfied and trusts to close a pair of reinforcements more in the next days. In addition to another central, the priority is 'fish' a side (César Azpilicueta, the best opcionado) and, maybe, another midfield player if Frenkie of Jong finishes leaving.

Iñigo descarta renew and only thinks in the Barça

The contacts between the managerial 'rojiblanca' and the central broke from does months, since the defender has kept firm in his posture of not renewing. In this regard, 'SPORT' ensures that Martínez presionará to the club to force his immediate exit or, in his defect, will expect to January to sign an agreement with the group blaugrana for fichar 'to cost zero' in July of 2023.

In Blbao, the journalist José Manuel Monk of 'Basque Wave' advanced the Monday that the Barça would go with everything to by the central, with the one who already would have an agreement of word. Like this it has arrived the first formal offer: 15M more variable on the table. Further of the possible negative initial of the Bilbao, Joan Laporta will apply the same strategy that with other signings of the summer: expect that the club yield in front of the pressure of the players. Like this it did it with Raphinha, Lewandowski and Koundé. The results are in sight.

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