Lieke Martens has informed Barcelona not to accept a renewed and improved contract proposal. According to Mundo Deportivo the Orange Lioness has even made it very furious: the Spanish medium reports that Martens was in Paris on Thursday for a medical examination at Paris Saint-Germain, without her current employer being aware of it. In Catalonia, the situation is disgraceful. Martens seems to be leaving for the French capital on a free transfer at the end of this month.
Martens was an important pillar in the success of the Catalan women’s team last season. In 21 league matches she managed to find the net 17 times. She also provided 12 assists. Barcelona wanted to continue with the player because of these performances, but it seems that the coverage of Le Parisien last month closer to reality. A departure after five seasons has become inevitable, or so it sounds. Barcelona representatives tried to reach Martens several times while she was at PSG for medical tests, but were unsuccessful.
The French daily already indicated in mid-May that there was an agreement between Martens and Paris Saint-Germain. A rumor that was initially emphatically stamped into the ground in Spain. Teammate Caroline Graham responded extensively on Instagram, labeling the rumor as ‘fake news’. Late now Sport know that the attitude of the Dutch player has changed. Martens has been unreachable for days Blaugrana† The newspaper reports that it will not be long before Martens will sign a three-year contract with PSG. “She is leaving the club in the worst possible way,” the newspaper said. They are stunned at Barcelona, because, according to the club, Martens has received a generous proposal.
PSG will be the eighth club where the Dutch winger will be under contract. Her boyfriend, Benjamin van Leer, was previously mentioned as a possible reason for the departure from Barcelona. Martens and Van Leer wish to live together. Spanish media report that Martens has previously asked Barcelona to find a club for Van Leer. The two have been separated from each other for years. Van Leer was under contract with Sparta Rotterdam last season, but sees his contract end in a month. Reportedly, the opportunity to live together arises in Paris.
Offer has been there for a year
At Barcelona they have apparently been aware of the family circumstances for some time, since an attempt has been made to find a new club for Van Leer. However, with Espanyol, Girona, Sabadell or Nàstic, no club in the Barcelona area comes close to the level that is equivalent to Sparta. The offer from Barcelona had been on the table for Martens for almost a year. The Orange international always said that he was willing to accept it, but never put an official signature. It now appears that she was in the meantime negotiating with other clubs.
The transfer is expected to be made official in two weeks, once everything has been approved by French authorities. Until then, Martens, who traveled to Paris in the presence of her parents, will enjoy a holiday in the south of Spain with Van Leer. Last Sunday Martens burst into tears in honor of the Copa de la Reina. The Dutch entered the club in 2017 after winning the European championship with the Orange. She developed into an absolute world star and won several prizes, both individually and with her team. Martens is one of the highest paid players in Europe.