Barcelona have been in the news in recent weeks regarding managerial changes and reports suggest that the club are eyeing a move for Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez.
Ronald Koeman’s future at Camp Nou still remains fairly uncertain although the recent meeting with club president Joan Laporta suggested that there were positives, with the Dutchman’s agent Rob Jansen claiming that his client could continue beyond the end of his current contract with the Catalans.
However, it appears that the initial meeting was inconclusive as Laporta appears to be on a search for replacements before the next meeting with Koeman where a major final decision will be made.
One of the names that have emerged as a possible replacement for the Dutch manager is former Swansea, Wigan, Everton, and now Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez.
Martinez is currently under contract with the Belgian FA in a coaching position and also as a technical director till the end of the 2022 world cup in Qatar.
However, the deal comes with some provisions that will afford him the freedom to leave if an offer comes from a top club and it doesn’t get any better than Barcelona with regards to offers from top clubs.
The Spaniard has never been previously linked with the Barcelona job despite his Catalonia origins but has emerged as one of the options being considered by Laporta. The manager also has a close relationship with Jordi Cruyff who has also been linked with the role of sporting director at Barcelona.
Regardless, according to the report, Martinez is presently happy with his job with the Belgian FA and is content to stay put. Although the Spaniard, 47, has drawn major inspiration from Johan Cruyff throughout his career, it remains to be seen if he will be willing to join the Catalans.