Barcelona set to announce their second signing after Gundogan after the weekend

Barcelona has generally remained silent in the ongoing summer transfer market

The club has been unable to complete any of the numerous reported player sales that they had planned, and the impact is obvious in their transfer activity. So far, the Catalans have only signed and announced one first-team player: Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City. According to Gerard Romero, the Blaugranas are poised to sign their second summer contract soon.

For a long time, there has been speculation about Inigo Martinez joining Barcelona. The Spanish center-back was one of the first players to be connected with the squad ahead of the summer transfer window, and his deal might be finalised by the weekend.

The 32-year-old defender’s contract with Athletic Club expired last night, and he is now a free agent. Nonetheless, his next destination has never been in doubt. With Martinez’s arrival in Barcelona almost certain, Xavi can rest certain that his defence is in good hands. After all, the veteran gives experience to the youthful defensive core and quality to what is already the best defence in the league.

With Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, and Andreas Christensen all expected to return for the upcoming season, the 32-year-old will not be a regular starter. The manager, on the other hand, could not have asked for a finer backup player, and it is reasonable to predict that Martinez will make his fair share of contributions as the season winds down.

Last season, the veteran made 15 appearances for his previous club in La Liga, scoring one goal and keeping four clean sheets. Furthermore, he averaged nearly 10 defensive actions each game, including 3.5 clearances.

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