Report - 'One last chance' for Barcelona to tie down Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool target

A new contract for Barcelona's Marc Bartra rests on how much the club is willing to pay him.

Catalan newspaper Sport has suggested that Barcelona have one final chance to sort out a new deal for young defender Marc Bartra.

Reports from Spain suggested that the 22-year-old had agreed terms on a new deal before Christmas, which turned out not to be the case and finances are at the bottom of current talks between the Spanish club and his representatives.

The issue seems to be that those representing Bartra want a pay deal on a par with what the Spaniard could earn if he went for a move to any of the Premier League sides reportedly interested in him; Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“Negotiations have suffered a small setback while parties representing Bartra wait for one final gesture - The last problem is to find the necessary balance between the economic proposal of the club and the dizzying deals coming from England and Germany,” reads the report in Sport.

However, before fans of those teams get too excited, this is a player who has been very clear that he doesn’t want to leave the Spanish champions.

Bartra has been clear that he sees himself as a long term member of the Barcelona defence and he has been widely used so far this season by Gerardo Martino with 14 appearances across all competitions for the club.

The theme of this report is about the cash, which is the only factor holding him back from currently signing on the dotted line.

With Carles Puyol unlikely to play on after his current deal with the Spanish side winds down, Bartra is a natural replacement to step into the first team on a more regular basis which would justify a bigger deal on the part of Barcelona.

There is a small chance that the Premier League sides could land him as a new signing but it’s minimal and relies on a complete breakdown in relationship between the player and the club he clearly adores.

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