At Barcelona, one of the greatest wishes for head coach Xavi Hernandez is the signing of Íñigo Martínez. But, the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP rules) could potentially block the move.
Íñigo Martínez, whose contract ends with Athletic Club in the summer, will become a free agent, making it easy for the Catalan club to land his services.
The Spanish central defender is one of the most experienced in the Spanish Laliga. His addition to the team would help the team in the defense, in the left-back position where rotation is currently not possible for Xavi Hernandez.
The idea of Martinez’s pursuit is to allow for proper squad rotation
What is the main obstacle that could block Barcelona’s move for Martínez, and how can it be solved?
Barcelona’s involvement in the market has increased. Recently, the club had been forced to activate various economic levers to help them in the transfer market.
According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Fichajes), the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules will not allow Barcelona to move into the market at the end of the season. The only way out would be to sell some first-team players to give room for new arrivals.
Barcelona are already linked with N’Golo Kanté and Youssoufa Moukoko are free agents next season.