Barcelona defender Marc Bartra’s is rumoured to be attracting a lot of attention from clubs all over Europe. His agent has now revealed that there is interest from English clubs, as reported by Sky Sports News.
Sky sources understand that one of the interested clubs is Tottenham Hotspur, who are looking to bolster their defensive line with some new additions this summer, having already signed Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer.
Bartra has an £8.7m buy-out clause in his contract, which is set to expire on July 1st, and is said to be keen on a move abroad after making only 11 La Liga starts last season for Barcelona.
The 24-year-old is a product of the famous ‘La Masia’ academy and has represented Spain at every youth level from U16 to the senior team, and now holds 4 caps for Spain. He has also represented Barcelona on 79 occasions, appearing in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey. All of which shows the Spaniard would be capable of bringing experience to the side he chooses to join.
His agent, Javier Magico Diaz, revealed that because Bartra failed to make the number of appearances stipulated in his contract, his buyout clause was automatically adjusted at the end of the season, this adjustment means he has a lowered buy-out clause for a short period of time.
Diaz had this to say on the situation:
“His release clause has fallen to €12m after failing to make a certain number of appearances, but that’s only until July 1, when it goes back up to €30m,”
“Marc is very happy at Barcelona, but if there was real interest from clubs where he could get more space then we’ll listen and make our own decisions.”
So what does all this mean?
Sky Sports are reporting that Spurs are among the clubs interested in Bartra, along with Liverpool and Bayern Munich. But should United be a club in for the Spaniard?
At just 24, and with the experience he has, Bartra would be a great addition to the Manchester United set-up this summer. It’s no secret United are in for a centre back, and although Bartra doesn’t exactly fit the bill as ‘the next Vidic’ – he would certainly have a lot to offer the club.
At a fee close to around £9m, Manchester United would be mad not to enquirer about the youngster. The Red Devils would certainly be a more favoured destination for Bartra than the other two Premier League sides mentioned, so why not?
Only time will tell, but as I’m sure many would agree, Bartra would be a good addition to any side. Also with the small fee and his young age, there is likely to be a lot of re-sell value.