Boss Valverde has informed Chelsea top-class target is leaving – Blues free to open talks

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Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that long-term CHELSEA target Inigo Martinez will leave Athletic Club this summer.

Incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino will have alot to work to do over the next few months after Chelsea had one of their worst seasons in recent memory.

Despite spending over £600 million on new players over the last couple of transfer windows – but Blues failed to win a trophy – failed to get into the Champions League – failed to get into the top four and even failed to get into the top half of that Premier League table.

That means that a number of players will be sold – and a number of players will be brought into Stamford Bridge that will give Pochettino what he desires to make this club successful.

Inigo Martinez is a player that Chelsea have been linked with for some time now – but he has never shown any desire to leave Bilbao – that is until now.

The defender will be a free agent in the summer and it has been reported that the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona will try to open talks and get him all signed up after Valverde confirmed the defender is leaving

“Until now, [Mikel] Balenziaga is the one who announced that he was going to leave the club and it is intuited that there may be some more loss, like the case of Inigo Martínez,” Valverde said

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This is going to be a massive summer for CHELSEA and Pochettino – he has to get it right.

The Blues have spent some serious money in the last couple of transfer windows – so adding a top-class player like Martinez to the squad for Free could be a smart idea.

However – he wants to stay in La Liga and we fully believe he will sign with Barcelona

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