Barcelona speak with Martinez about becoming new coach as they prepare to sack Koeman

Official negotiations have not begun but first contact has been made, with the coach telling the Belgium FA that he could leave for Camp Nou

Barcelona have spoken to Roberto Martinez about becoming their next manager

The Camp Nou club have already decided to dispense with the services of current coach Ronald Koeman after a disappointing start to the season, and are seeking various alternatives.

Their favoured candidate is Belgium manager Martinez, who president Joan Laporta admires and had in mind for the top coaching job before he was appointed to the Barca board in March.