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Barcelona defender could move to Atletico Madrid in swap deal involving Joao Felix

Veteran defender Inigo Martinez has been a valuable addition to Barcelona, providing solid support for the team. Despite occasional injuries causing some concern, the former Athletic Bilbao man has consistently performed well.

Now 32, Martinez is in his first season with Barcelona and is contracted until 2025.

Given the situation at hand, journalist Marcos Duran has suggested that his position may lead to a potential departure, with Atletico Madrid keeping a close eye on developments.

It is said that Martinez finds joy in his time at Barcelona, yet he is aware of his desire to take on a more prominent role.

Although he initially struggled for regular game time, Martinez fully integrated into the team during the season, and rather impressively so.

Unfortunately, a recent injury coupled with the emergence of Pau Cubarsi has pushed him to the sidelines.

Atletico Madrid’s interest is solid

The reporter mentions that Atletico Madrid have Martinez on their radar for a while, especially with Mario Hermoso likely leaving at the end of the season. On the other hand, Caglar Soyuncu left in January and Jose Maria Gimenez is having trouble with fitness.

On his way out already? (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The transfer involving Martinez could be made possible thanks to a certain Joao Felix, who is not wanted at Atletico.

It is to be noted that Joan Laporta has publicly expressed his desire to keep Felix at Barcelona. As for Atletico, they do not see the Portuguese in their future plans, so it is possible they might use the Barcelona centre-back as a bargaining chip for this transfer.

Barcelona will need time to think 

At Barcelona, they are still sorting out what to do with Martinez. If Ronald Araujo leaves, which is unlikely it might make it simpler for the 32-year-old to stay. Conversely, if Araujo stays and Martinez wants more playing time, he might end up being sold

There is still a lot to consider before diving into Martinez’s situation fully. Amidst all this, Atletico Madrid continue to keep a close eye on him, seeing him as a potential solution for Felix’s departure.

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