Inigo Martinez is set to join Barcelona in a Bosman transfer during the summer. Athletic Club has not made a contract extension offer to the 31-year-old defender. Over the last decade, Inigo Martinez has been one of La Liga’s most underappreciated centre-backs. The veteran Spaniard has been a consistent performer for two Basque clubs, with Athletic Club being his best. In addition, the player has justified his controversial decision to leave Real Sociedad for San Mames.
Inigo Martinez is set to join Barcelona
In the last half-decade, the 31-year-old has appeared 169 times for Athletic Club, contributing seven goals and seven assists. However, the Spanish international is nearing the end of his contract and will most likely leave as a free agent. Barcelona has taken notice of such a situation. Gerard Pique announced his retirement from Barcelona last year. While the former Spanish international has not left a gaping hole in the defensive unit, a position for a centre-back has become available.
Eric Garcia and Andreas Christensen have also been hot and cold for Barcelona. As a result, Martinez has emerged as a viable target for Barcelona. And, with his impending free agency, the 31-year-old is an appealing option. According to recent reports, the Catalan giants verbally agreed with the Spanish international regarding a Bosman transfer.
According to recent reports, Barcelona may reconsider its interest in the Spaniard. However, the most recent update indicates that the Blaugrana will most likely bring him to Spotify Camp Nou. And, with Athletic Club yet to agree on a new contract, a move for Bosman is on the cards. Martinez’s departure from Athletic Club as a free agent during the summer transfer window will be interesting to watch. And if he becomes a Bosman option, the 31-year-old Spanish international will almost certainly join Barcelona.