Barcelona agree personal terms with defender who has €80 million release clause after missing out on Jules Kounde: Reports


Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement on personal terms with Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez. The Catalan club are set to lose out on the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to Chelsea.

According to Spanish outlet Sport , Martinez has always been sporting director Mateu Alemany's first choice. The defender is believed to have an €80 million release clause but could end up costing far less than that amount.

That he is 31 and in the final year of his contract at San Mames is expected to play in favor of the Blaugrana . The entire operation could cost less than the €60 million that Chelsea are set to pay for Kounde.

Kounde, at 23, is far younger than Martinez and has been the subject of interest from some of Europe's top clubs this summer. What the Spaniard lacks in youth, however, he makes up for in experience.

The Athletic centre-back has started 341 La Liga games throughout the course of his career for Los Leones and Real Sociedad. Martinez has also been capped 19 times by the Spanish national team.

Xavi will be looking to strengthen at the back this summer considering Gerard Pique's age. The 35-year-old is fast approaching the end of his glorious playing career.

Meanwhile, Clement Lenglet has joined Tottenham Hotspur on a year- long loan for the upcoming season.

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