Josef Martínez would be free from this winter market
Atlanta will not have him from next season due to some episodes of confrontation with his coach
Josef Martínez will no longer be part of the Atlanta United squad starting next season of the MLS, which means that he will be free from this month of January 2023, according to ‘The Athletic’.
A ‘top’ striker who will be in the market, in search of a new adventure. The Venezuelan was the best player and the top scorer in Major League Soccer in the 2018 season, being the great figure of the Georgia team to achieve that league and the MLS Cup, and continued to score for the successes in the Mercedes Benz Stadium the following seasons.
According to various information that has appeared in recent weeks, Martínez would have had a heated discussion with the Mexican coach Gonzalo Pineda after a game against the Portland Timbers on September 7. After that episode and being separated from the team for a few dates, the entity with the five bars have decided to break relations and restructure the squad.
Martínez arrived in Atlanta in 2017 in the new MLS franchise from Italy, from Torinoand soon became an irreplaceable figure, already the team’s all-time leading scorer.
This year, despite not being the same since his injury to the cruciate ligaments in his right knee in 2020, he has once again brought out his goalscoring side and even He has won the award for the best goal of the season thanks to a scissors before New England Revolution.
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Currently, Martínez’s salary in the United States would not exceed three million euros a year, so it would be a great market opportunity for several teams, including FC Barcelona.
The azulgrana team, although they are not currently looking for strikers, could have a chance with Josef if departures like Memphis Depay’s above are confirmed. Even so, the priorities in the market are focused on the defensive line, both in the center and on the right side.