Very little used by FC Barcelona coach Xavi this season, Gerard Piqué could leave at the end of the season. To replace the 35-year-old Spanish international next summer, Barça would have set their sights on Iñigo Martinez, the defender of Athletic Bilbao.
It could be the end of an era at Barca. After twelve years of good and loyal service, Gerard Piqué (35), one of the last historic executives with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, could leave the club at the end of the season. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan club have targeted Athletic Bilbao centre-back Iñigo Martinez, whose contract runs until June 2023 to replace him next summer. Hoping to get it back freely.
Pique libre at the end of the season, if he does not play at least 35% of Barça’s matches
The Spanish media indicates that Pique will also be free in June 2023 and not in 2024, if he does not play at least 35% of his team’s games for the season. This is currently not the case, since he has two appearances in the eight games played by Barça. The idea would be to recover Martinez next summer, hoping that it does not continue in the coming months with Bilbao.
Spanish international (19 caps), Iñigo Martinez (31) is therefore an experienced player who would replace Piqué. Free, it also allows Xavi to have a left-handed central defender, which is not yet the case in his squad, as Mundo Deportivo points out.
Bilbao hoping for Martinez contract extension
It would also offer the Spanish coach the opportunity to field a three-man defense. Martinez would be added alongside Koundé, Christensen, Garcia and Araujo. As the player recently revealed, his future is in the hands of his club and his agent, who are discussing a contract extension.