October 1, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Inigo Martinez is contracted with Athletic Membership till 2023
  • He has stalled extension talks as a result of he’s eager on shifting to Barca
  • Barcelona are but to register Jules Kounde to their first-team squad

FC Barcelona have reportedly approached Athletic Membership with a suggestion for defender Inigo Martinez.

Martinez has entered the ultimate 12 months in his contract with Athletic Membership, however has been stalling extension talks as he’s decided to maneuver to Barcelona, reported Spanish outlet The SPORT.

Even Barcelona are as desirous to land the Spanish center-back as he’s admired by each membership’s head coach Xavi Hernandez and sporting director Mateu Alemany, in keeping with One Soccer.

Sadly, the Athletic Membership have turned down Barcelona’s bid of $20 million, which included add-ons, for Martinez, as per the report from The SPORT.

Martinez can even don the function of a left-back, one thing that might assist Barcelona because of the lack of choices following the departures of Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti.

Athletic Bilbao gamers have fun after Inigo Martinez put them in entrance at San Mames
AFP / ANDER GILLENEA

Proper now, Barcelona’s prime precedence is to register center-back Jules Kounde they signed from Sevilla FC earlier this summer time window. Forward of their opening La Liga fixture of the 2022-23 season, the Catalans managed to register Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Franck Kessie, however did not signal Kounde.

Barcelona’s speedy venture is to filter out gamers resembling Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong with a view to clear area on their wage bracket to register Kounde to their first-team squad. It has been reported there is a clause in Kounde’s contract that may permit him to go away the membership without cost after terminating his deal if Barcelona fail to register him earlier than Aug. 31.

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In the meantime, Xavi has additionally shortlisted Chelsea’s full-back Marcos Alonso as his remaining goal for the 2022 summer time at Barcelona.

The Catalans kick-started the brand new season with a 4-1 victory over Actual Sociedad final week. Lewandowski, who joined the Camp Nou facet from Bayern Munich this summer time, opened the scoring inside a minute from the kick-off whistle. Nevertheless, the touring netted a sixth-minute equalizer.

Within the second half, Ousmane Dembele doubled Barcelona’s lead earlier than Lewandowski made it 3-1 within the favor of the house facet. The teenage sensation Ansu Fati scored the fourth objective for Barcelona.

Xavi’s males are subsequent scheduled to tackle Actual Valladolid at Camp Nou on Sunday.

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