Young defender Mika Marmol is expected to make it to Barcelona’s pre-season tour squad, but it is understood that the team might have to put some effort into his renewal process since he has several options on the table, says journalist Santi Ovalle.
The 20-year-old left-footed centre-back is rightly tipped for a great future, but despite his exploits with the junior team, he has failed to get a place in the senior squad.
But now that Barcelona’s are assured of the UEFA Champions League spot for next season, Xavi might as well look to give him the needed minutes in the last couple of games.
It must be noted that Marmol’s ongoing contract runs out in 2023, and there has been no movement either from the player’s front or from the team itself.
Marmol has been a subject of heavy interest in the past. Back in December, it was reported that Sevilla are interested in offering him a contract, but the move fell through for some reason.
By December 2021, the 20-year-old hadn’t missed a single minute with Barcelona B, juggling between the left-back and the centre-back position.
Furthermore, even before Sevilla had identified him as a potential target, the likes of Mallorca, Getafe and Celtic had tried their luck in the previous summer but to no avail.
In January, Borussia Dortmund came knocking on the doors. The Germans are known to churn the best out of young guns and even have a brief history with Barcelona too, having acquired the likes of Marc Bartra, Sergio Gomez and Mateu Morey in the past.
While all the moves haven’t really worked out well, they haven’t given up on trying their luck on Barcelona’s youngsters.
As of today, the situation with Marmol is tricky, to say the very least. If Xavi can promise him a regular run in the first team, he might consider extending his stay. But then again, he knows the leverage he has at his disposal.