CLOSED: Íñigo Martínez will be FC Barcelona’s new centre-back

According to the newspaper Sport, football club Barcelona he closed the signing Inigo Martinez as a new player of the club for the next season. The Spaniard would arrive in the place of Gerard Piqué, who announced his retirement from football a few hours ago.

Íñigo Martínez’s contract with Athletic Club expires in the summer and he has decided not to extend it due to the interest of the Blaugrana team. Xavi would tell Joan Laporta that he wants to sign a central defender with a left-handed profile to improve his performance on the ball and be able to form a pair at the highest level with names such as Jules Koundé, Ronald Araújo, Eric García and Andreas Christensen. Marcos Alonso played several times in that position despite the losses.

CLOSED: Íñigo Martínez will be FC Barcelona’s new centre-back

FC Barcelona have been in talks with the footballer for several months, to the extent that they were looking to sign him in the summer, but the Basque side did not want to sell him for less than his release clause. Piqué’s retirement made the whole move easier as his record was very important and his contract expired in the summer of 2024. A necessary profile for Xavi Hernández’s game idea.

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