Spanish giants Barcelona have seen their move for highly-rated Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez hit a wall this evening, following disagreements over a fee.
It had been reported over the weekend that Ernesto Valverde’s side had agreed a deal with their La Liga rivals over Martinez, with the Blaugrana set to activate the Spanish international’s 32 million Euro release clause.
Sociedad director Loren Juarros admitted to the talks, revealing:
‘It’s true Barca have spoken with us.’
‘They’ve been in contact to show their interest in the player.’
However, he also explained:
‘But so far there is no offer on the table. That’s all we can say.’
‘La Real have no intention of facilitating Inigo’s exit to any club. He is irreplaceable. We do not want to sell him.’
And, according to a growing number of reports in the Spanish media this evening, Juarros’ wishes of holding onto his key stopper this summer may in fact be granted, with Barca unwilling to offer any more than 25 million Euro for Martinez.
While Sociedad have remained adamant that they will not part with their crown jewel this summer, the club would be left with no option but to bid farewell to Martinez if his release clause was indeed activated.
However, with Barcelona not keen on paying the 32 million Euro required, and Martinez reportedly in no hurry to depart the Anoeta Stadium, the move looks to have reached an impasse.