Just a few days ago, Inigo Martinez to Barcelona was presented as a matter of hours away.

The Real Sociedad defender had his every moved watched, just in case he slipped from training to go and complete a €32m switch to Barcelona.

Catalan newspaper Sport reported Everton and Manchester City had been interested, but Barcelona being keen changed everything for Inigo, who wanted to make the move to the Camp Nou.

Everton and Manchester City had their chances pushed aside, and hadn’t made offers anyway, and the road was clear for Barca.

Wednesday’s edition of Marca reports that Barcelona have now met something of a self imposed roadblock in their quest to sign Inigo.

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After countless Spanish reports stated Barcelona were ready to pay Inigo’s €32m buyout clause, Marca say that was never the case, or there’s been a change of mind.

Barcelona don’t feel they need a central defender enough to pay €30m+, and have backed out.

Should their interest still be around, then Everton and Manchester City have a fresh chance to get a deal done.