Spurs chase cut-price Barca defender


TOTTENHAM could take advantage of a drop in price to snap up Barcelona defender Marc Bartra.

The centre-back struggled for game time with the La Liga champions last season, with Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano more often than not getting the nod from manager Luis Enrique.

As a result, Bartra made just 14 league appearances for Barca, activating a clause in his contract that seen his release fee slashed from £30million to a fraction of that.


According to Spanish newspaper Sport: “Bartra can now leave the Catalan giants for just £6million this summer, and the club would also be unable to get an automatic buy-back clause in place with his next club”.

At that price, 25-year-old Bartra looks a bargain buy and not surprisingly a number of other clubs are also interested, including Manchester United.

However, Tottenham are believed to have already made an initial move for the Spain international, according to the Daily Mail, with manager Mauricio Pochettino having held talks with Bartra’s agents Carles Puyol and Ivan De La Pena in March.


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