Atletico Madrid ready to hijack Barcelona defensive target

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FC Barcelona are looking into the market to further bolster their defensive lines in the coming summer transfer window. But one of their main targets, Inigo Martinez, is also being pursued by a number of other clubs.

La Blaugrana are enjoying a strong season as they currently sit atop La Liga table, with a 7-point cushion over their second-placed rivals, Real Madrid. The defense has played a central role in helping the Catalan giants get to this position, as the backline of Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, and Balde has been exceptional this season.

Still, FC Barcelona are looking into the market for options to further strengthen their backline in the coming season. One of their main targets was the experienced La Liga defender, Inigo Martinez, who currently plays for Athletic Bilbao.

The veteran Spanish defender’s contract ends in June this summer, and there has been no indication that he will sign an extension with the Basque club. As a result, Barcelona were monitoring his situation to get an experienced defender for free, who would be able to deputize for one of their starting center backs.

His ability to pass the ball would be attractive for Xavi, while he is also a strong defender, capable of playing in a high line. As a result, he was an ideal candidate for the Blaugranes, despite his age. However, Diario AS now claim that FC Barcelona have been overtaken in his pursuit by another La Liga club.

They report that Atletico Madrid have already made an offer for the central defender. Furthermore, Italian side Inter Milan are also interested in the center-back and can make an offer for him in the coming weeks.

Thus, FC Barcelona would have to be decisive and move quickly if they want to obtain the services of this highly experienced defender, and make an offer before he commits to one of these two clubs.

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