Triggering release clause
Barcelona are set to trigger the release clause of Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, Marca report.
The Spanish club are flush with transfer funds after Paris Saint-Germain triggered the €222 million release clause of Neymar. Not all of that money will go into the transfer budget but at least €32m will be spent on Martinez.
Who is Inigo Martinez?
The 26-year-old defender is a Spain international who has been linked with Barcelona for years. He’s also said to be of interest to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. As this would imply, Martinez is a ball-playing centre-half.
His greatest strength lies in his ability to start attacks from the back. With Thomas Vermaelen injured and Marlon Santos lacking experience, Martinez is a top signing to bring in to increase options in defence.
Having played for Sociedad for the entirety of his career, it’s a big leap for Martinez to make. But it’s one that will see his wage and his medal haul increase. It will also improve his World Cup 2018 prospects.