Gerard Piqué’s departure opens the door for Barcelona to sign Iñigo Martínez

Iñigo Martínez has been on Barcelona’s radar since last summer.

Yesterday Gerard Piqué announced his retirement from professional football. According to Mundo Deportivo, the 35-year-old told Barcelona’s coaching staff his desire to hang up his boots a couple of days beforehand, but they only learned that he would make the announcement a few hours before it was released on social media.

Piqué’s current deal with the Blaugrana is said to be worth €80m, however, it is believed that the player’s decision to retire will save the club €50m.

The departure of the former Spanish international will help Barcelona continue reducing their wage bill, opening the door to sign reinforcements.

With Piqué’s retirement, Barcelona could make a move for Iñigo Martínez, who already has a verbal agreement with the Catalan side and is showing no interest in renewing his contract that is expiring in June 2023 with Athletic Bilbao.

GSFN | Tom Cserép

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