Barcelona: Barcelona will go all out for Inigo Martinez

With Jules Conde It now appears likely that he will join Chelsea, Barcelona They are looking at other central defensive options.

The Blaugrana are looking forward Inigo MartinezWith the contract of the Spanish international defender expiring in 2023.

According to Onda Vasca, Barcelona have informed the Basque club that they are in a position to make a good bid for Martinez, although they will not offer the €80m takeover clause.

Athletic will leave the choice to the player: if he wants to leave and says he will not renew his contract, the club will work on an exit, which will not be against his condition but will not be less than 50 million euros.

New Athletic president John Uriart faces his first major hurdle since taking office in June. One of his board’s priorities is to renew Martinez’s contract, but if the centre-back is set to leave, the goal is to get the most out of him.

He left Real Sociedad to Athletic in January 2018 after they paid the €32m takeover clause. He signed for five seasons and the previous administration put the renewal negotiations on the back burner.

If Barcelona, ​​taking advantage of the fact that it has activated the final “economic leverage”, makes an offer, it will discuss it with the player, who is already aware of the Catalan club’s interest .. as long as the player wants it. Leaving, either now or at the end of his contract, Athletic Club will accept the fact that they must negotiate a sale.

After you just left Unai Nunez Left on loan with an option to buy, the Basque club are currently short on central defence, and if Martinez leaves, they will only have Daniel Vivian Weray Alvarez, Alex Bitexa and Aitor Paredes From the Athletic Club b.

If the deal is done through the club, he will have no choice but to go to the market. In the past few weeks, the club has considered signing Hugo Guillamonwho can play as a central defender and a midfielder, and John Moncaiola. With what they could get for Martinez, money would be available to sign for both.

It won’t last indefinitely. On Saturday, Athletic Club plays against Mainz He will return to Bilbao on Saturday evening. If Martinez does not play, a deal can be considered imminent.