BREAKING NEWS: coming from Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona have approached Martinez over the possibility of becoming the next head coach at Camp Nou.The initial proposal is a one-year deal with the option for one more, with the Blaugrana offering Martinez the opportunity to do the role alongside his current job as Portugal’s head coach. According to reports he is will to take the job.


Xavi has announced his decision to step down from his role at the end of the ongoing campaign, concluding his three-year tenure as the team’s legendary midfielder.

There’s no standout candidate to succeed the 44-year-old, although names like Hansi Flick, Rafa Marquez, and Roberto De Zerbi have been mentioned. While there were brief rumors linking Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to the position, they were swiftly dismissed.

Footballwave can confirm that Barcelona has reached out to Martinez regarding the possibility of him becoming the next head coach at Camp Nou.

The initial offer entails a one-year contract with the option for an additional year, with Barcelona presenting Martinez with the chance to balance this role alongside his current position as Portugal’s head coach. Martinez, aged 50, has held his current position since January 2023, following his previous successful tenure leading Belgium to the top of the FIFA Rankings during his six-year stint, which ended after the 2022 World Cup.

Martinez has a history of success at the club level with Swansea, Wigan Athletic, and Everton, including winning the 2012/13 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic. He is highly regarded at Barcelona, having been approached for the position previously and coming close to securing it in autumn 2021 before Xavi’s appointment.

President Joan Laporta holds Martinez in high esteem, with the coach having close ties to Barcelona through the Cruyff family. Martinez’s relationship with the Cruyffs, particularly with Jordi Cruyff, son of Barca legend Johan, further strengthens his connection to the club.

Martinez’s desire to take on the role was evident previously, and it’s understood that he was on the verge of securing the position before a last-minute setback dashed his hopes.

Given that Martinez only assumed the role of Portugal head coach in January 2023, his current reaction to Barcelona’s approach remains uncertain.

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