Barça has already recruited a lot, thanks to the various financial levers activated by Joan Laporta, and obviously does not intend to stop there. The latest news, the arrival of Jules Koundé completed the central defense, where we now find the French, Gerard Piqué, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia and Andreas Christensen. It was on the flanks that the Catalan team wanted to recruit, with Marcos Alonso for the left side and Azpilicueta on the right.
At least, that’s what we thought so far. In fact, the newspaper Sport and the media Report reveal some funny information. FC Barcelona would thus have submitted an offer to Athletic for Íñigo Martínez, the 31-year-old Basque defender who has often been in the sights of the club. Just a few days ago, when the Koundé option seemed difficult and the former Sevillian seemed promised to Chelsea.
Barca in a strong position
A €15m offer has been made for the Spain international. A relatively low price which is explained by the contractual situation of the player, whose contract expires in a year, and who has still not extended with his club. He would also not intend to do so, and Barça therefore knows that it is in a position of strength in this file.
The Catalan newspaper say that it is highly likely that Athletic will refuse this offer for the boss of their defense, and it remains to be seen whether the Catalans will return to the charge or not. On the other hand, the Catalan interest for Martinez raises many questions, in particular on the positioning of Jules Koundé or Ronald Araujo, who could therefore be considered as right-backs in the eyes of Xavi …