Barcelona Revive Interest in Inigo Martinez

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Spanish news outlet Marca claims La Liga leaders Barcelona have once again placed Real Sociedad central defender Inigo Martinez on top of their transfer wish list.

The Catalans want to bolster their defensive options for the second part of the season and reinforce their ranks for a more serious title challenge. Therefore, they have identified the 26-year-old Inigo Martinez as the ideal addition to the squad at Camp Nou and are expected to move forward with a bid for Real Sociedad star this winter.

Martinez is said to be under a €32 million release clause with Sociedad which is the amount Barcelona are willing to invest in order to activate it during January.

Barcelona are amidst a defensive crisis with Samuel Umtiti and out-of-sorts defender Thomas Vermalen as the only available pair of central defenders for the upcoming top-table clash against Valencia.

Gerard Pique is suspended whereas Javier Mascherano is sidelined with a hamstring injury.