Is this the final nail in the coffin for sides looking to sign Marc Bartra?

FC Barcelona

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool could all find it much more difficult to get their hands on Barcelona star Marc Bartra after next Tuesday.

All three Premier League teams have been linked with the Spanish defender going back to last summer, but there is a good reason his first potential appearance for Spain could now make things much more difficult.

The rumours and stories are easy to understand considering the amount of defenders Barcelona were linked with last summer, which made it understandable why the 22-year-old defender may be tempted by a move away from the Nou Camp.

However, Barca never signed another defender which meant Gerardo Martino was left with no other choice than to throw Bartra in at the deep end.

He’s responded well and has been rewarded for his Barcelona form with a call up to the Spanish national side for friendly matches against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa in the current international break.

The significance is that one of the main motivations behind a move away from Barcelona would have been to play regular football in the build up to the World Cup next summer.

Bartra seems to have shown enough from his five starts and two sub appearances for Barca this season, to convince Vicente del Bosque that he has a place for him in the Spanish national side already.

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If Bartra continues to play well for Barcelona and plays well for Spain, he has no motivation to move away from the club for that intended purpose of trying to grab the attention of the Spanish national coach.

Barcelona no longer have a need to go out and buy more defensive cover, which means there won’t be a replacement going to the Nou Camp which would subsequently enable the transfer of Bartra to a possible Premier League destination.

There is no better place for a young Spaniard looking to go to the World Cup to play than in the heart of the best team in Spain.

The way he’s been brought up to play football at Barcelona means he’s suited to the way Spain like to play football under del Bosque because the club side and the national side have plenty of similarities.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool shouldn’t be too disheartened and downbeat because there are still plenty of top defensive targets dotted around Europe if they want to make additions in that area of their teams.

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