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Barcelona new manager must choose between two centre-backs to retain this summer



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The summer transfer window will present great challenges to Barcelona as they are battling Financial Fair Play problems.

Heading into the summer, Barcelona find four of their current players are not registered with La Liga for next season with those players being Gavi, Alejandro Balde, Inigo Martinez, and Vitor Roque.

Of the four, Gavi and Balde’s registration will be the top priorities leaving the futures of Martinez and Roque uncertain.

Roque’s fate will be decided based on his pre-season performances, while Martinez’s situation could depend on multiple factors.

Flick needs to choose

Indeed, as per MARCA, the fate of Inigo Martinez next season will lie in the hands of new manager Hansi Flick, who will need to choose between the veteran defender and returning loanee Eric Garcia.

When Xavi was in charge, the Spaniard’s continuity was taken for granted, but with the new manager at the helm, there are no more guarantees.

Eric Garcia had a good season at Girona. (Photo by MANAURE QUINTERO/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Eric Garcia is returning from a successful loan spell at Girona and has made a strong case to be included in the squad for next season.

Having both players on the books would be excessive considering the number of centre-backs already at the club.

As such, Flick will now assess their performances in pre-season before taking a call on who he retains.

Barcelona could owe Martinez compensation

Martinez signed for Barcelona last summer, penning a two-year contract, but was registered for only one season. As such, the former Athletic Club defender is not registered for the next season.

And if Barcelona fail to get his registration successfully completed, the report suggests that the club might owe some compensation to the player.

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