The defender will arrive as a free agent from Athletic Bilbao this summer
With the season about to come to an end with Xavi Hernandez's Barcelona playing Tuesday's friendly in Tokyo against Vissel Kobe, the Catalan club are now focusing on building the squad for next season.
The Barça coach has repeated several times that he wants a number of reinforcements, but that everything will depend on the 'Fair Play' they have. So, the first thing they expect in the offices of Spotify Camp Nou is that LaLiga approves the viability plan presented. Barça are very optimistic about this and hope to have the go-ahead by Tuesday.
Once the plan is approved, they will be able to register the new contracts of all the players already renewed. This is the case of Araujo, Gavi and also Balde, for whom there is an agreement in principle. Subsequently, as long as the plan is approved by LaLiga, it will then be the turn of the new signings and departures.
Barça are still awaiting Lionel Messi's decision, but they are ready to announce the first signing for the new season. It is the central defender Iñigo Martínez, who will arrive on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.
The 32-year-old defender, who is a Mateu Alemany gamble, has the approval of Xavi, who has been asking for a left-sided centre-back since his arrival. Barça came close to signing the Spanish international last summer, but the Basque club's financial demands delayed his arrival for a year.
The agreement between the club and the player has been complete for months. In fact, Martínez has already passed his medical. The agreement is for two seasons and the centre-back will have a salary similar to the one he had at Athletic, around nine million euros.
Whether he plays for Barça, however, is still pending, like almost everything else, on the acceptance of the viability plan by LaLiga, something that would allow him to be registered without any problems. In case he cannot be registered, there is an escape clause in the contract that allows the player to leave for another team, possibly on loan. His salary would be the one agreed with Barça.