Dressing room fears
Barcelona‘s move for Real Sociedad defender Iñigo Martínez has been ‘discarded’ after fears in the dressing room that it could shake up some of the players.
It has been suggested that Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano had all been guaranteed their spots in the team before Martinez popped up.
Marca suggests that Ernesto Valverde did notice some room to improve the defence and then suggested the signing.
That caused some problems, with promises potentially not being kept if Martinez was brought into the squad so that was one reason for Barcelona pulling out of the signing.
The second reason is due to the release clause of the player, said to be around €32 million.
Barcelona were said to be unwilling to pay that and would look to complete a deal in the region of €25m instead which would have proved difficult.
Due to that, Real Sociedad were unlikely to let the player go for less than the release clause in an attempt to keep the player.
They will have got their wish in that sense, with both the price tag and a potential dressing room shake-up forcing the Catalan giants to pull out of a deal.
Barcelona rule out Inigo Martinez signing. Club counts on Marlon, with Yerry Mina likely to arrive in winter to reinforce the defence. [md]
— Barcastuff (@barcastuff__) August 8, 2017
Well, Marca have also revealed what the plan is for Barcelona in terms of strengthening in the central defensive positions.
The report claims that before links with Martinez became apparent, the club was planning to go with what they had up until winter and then have a signing in mind.
That would come in the form of Palmeiras’ Yerri Mina who would be available for around €9 million, a deal that looks better on paper than Martinez.
With the Inigo deal falling through, it looks as though they will revert back to their original plan and will move for Mina in the winter.