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Barcelona’s Financial Struggles Hint at Iñigo Martínez Exit

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Barcelona could be forced to sell Inigo Martinez due to FFP issues.

The economic issues faced by FC Barcelona and the potential difficulties the club may encounter in registering players next summer could lead to Iñigo Martínez being transferred just a year after joining Barça from Athletic Club on a free transfer. According to Ferran Correas of SPORT, the club’s sports management is considering this possibility due to the challenges it may face in registering the Ondarroa-born defender and other players. In addition to any new arrivals, the situations of Gavi, Balde, Vitor Roque, and Iñigo himself need to be addressed. Balde was registered due to Gavi’s injury, while Iñigo was registered for only one season despite signing a two-year contract.

These issues could lead to Iñigo Martínez being put on the market, especially considering he will be available for free a year later, providing an opportunity to generate some income. Furthermore, Barcelona currently has an abundance of central defenders, and it’s certain that at least one of them will leave the team.

With the remarkable emergence of Pau Cubarsí, Xavi now has five central defenders under his command: Koundé, Araujo, Iñigo Martínez, Christensen, who has now been converted into a midfielder, and Cubarsí. Additionally, Barcelona has Eric Garcia and Lenglet out on loan. There has been much speculation about Araujo’s departure due to Bayern Munich’s keen interest in acquiring his services, but President Joan Laporta has repeatedly shut the door on the Uruguayan’s departure, as Araujo himself has no desire to leave Barcelona.

Therefore, Iñigo Martínez could be the one chosen to depart, although his status as the only left-footed central defender in the squad always works in his favor.