Mateu Alemany has already contacted Athletic's general manager, and if the Basque club does not accept, the centre-back will sign for Barça for free on January 1
Barça are reinforcing their defence and the club has been targeting Athletic's centre-back Iñigo Martinez, who finishes his contract with the Bilbao club on June 30, 2023, and has not renewed yet.
According to sources close to the negotiation, Barça's director Mateu Alemany has already contacted Athletic's general manager, Jon Berasategi, and has presented an initial offer of fifteen million euros plus incentives for the centre-back. The proposal seems too weak for the Basque club to accept and Barça is currently not willing to raise their offer either.
PRESSURE FROM THE PLAYER
Iñigo Martinez, for his part, is very excited about Barça's interest and will put pressure on Athletic to let him leave. He has no intention of renewing his contract, so even should he not be able to join this summer, he can sign for Barça from January 1.
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