While it has been public knowledge for months, Barcelona have officially confirmed that they have signed Inigo Martinez on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old had been on Barça’s radar since last summer when a move was considered for him as an alternative if Jules Kounde did not arrive. But with the Frenchman joining, Martinez’s signing did not progress.
However, the Catalans continued to hold an interest in the Spaniard, especially knowing that his contract with Athletic Club was due to expire.
As such, negotiations took place and a verbal agreement was secured in April according to reports in the media. Martinez completed his medical with the Catalans last month and was spotted at the club’s training facilities on Tuesday participating in a photo session.
Now, the club have officially confirmed his arrival, with Martinez signing a two-year contract with the La Liga champions. He will have a release clause worth €400 million in his deal.
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A player with vast experience in La Liga, having made over 350 appearances for Real Sociedad and Athletic Club combined, Martinez will bring a lot of value to the team due to his leadership and know-how.
At the same time, he provides manager Xavi with a left-footed centre-back option – something that had been lacking in the squad.
The Spanish international becomes Barcelona’s second signing of the summer, after the arrival of Ilkay Gundogan, who also signed on a free transfer and penned a two-year deal with an option of an additional twelve months.
The transfer activity is far from done at Barça, although they must now make some sales for them to be able to register the new signings.