Barcelona attempts to sign Athletic defender
Barcelona will try to sign their sixth central defender this summer.
Reports indicate thatBarcelona
is planning to make an offer to the club to attractAthletic Bilbao
Despite the presence of 5 defenders in their composition, Blaugrana plans to add another defender to the list. The 31-year-old Martinez's contract expires next summer, and Mateu Alemany has decided to make a €15 million bid for the transfer.
Bilbao is trying to renew Martinez's contract, but the Spanish defender rejected this offer and told the club that he does not intend to continue his presence in Bilbao. Considering the circumstances, it is unlikely that Athletic's offer will be accepted, and the Basque club prefers to sell him in the current summer than he leaves the team as a free agent.
Xavi seems to have decided to use three central defenders in the back line and the number of defenders shows that the use of two defenders may be a problem for them. Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba are the team's only natural full-backs, although Sergi Roberto has the ability to play at right-back.
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