After acquiring the signatures of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Ousmane Dembele, and Andreas Christensen, the five times European Champions will now move their interest to the defensive area of the team with Laporta affirming that in a recent statement. "Now it's time to work on the defense," Laporta stated.
The Catalans have been linked to several central defenders with Jules Kounde being the most notable one.
Barcelona has now shifted its attention towards Athletic Club’s Inigo Martinez. The 31-year-old is in the last year of his contract.
According to SPORT, the deal has advanced quickly, and Barcelona has already reached an agreement with Inigo Martinez over the personal terms of his contract, should the move go through this summer.
SPORT adds that the contract will be a four-year deal, lasting until 2026. However, the difficult part is reaching an agreement with the Athletic club.
Radio MARCA reports that the Spanish club wants Barcelona to pay €60 million for the center back, and is willing to receive it in two installments.
Inigo Martinez played 29 times for the Athletic club last season in all competitions scoring 3 goals in the process.
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