As per a report in Spanish paper AS, Barcelona defender Marc Bartra confirmed after Spain’s friendly with Costa Rica that his much speculated release clause has been reduced to as little as €12 million.
The Spanish international defender has a release clause of €25 million in his existing deal which expires in 2017, although that particular figure is entirely based on appearances.
The treble-winning Catalan giants used a consistent starting line-up after the New Year, a strategy which paid dividends in terms of success but has left them vulnerable to certain contractual agreements.
“The defender, who extended his contract at the Camp Nou in January until 2017 with a release clause of 25 million euros, said after appearing for Spain against Costa Rica that as he hadn't played a specific number of matches laid out in his deal the clause has been reduced to 12 million euros,” AS report.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already dipped into the Spanish market regarding defenders, signing Federico Fazio from Sevilla last summer.
After conceding 53 league goals last term, central defence is an area which still needs big improvements at White Hart Lane and a player of Bartra’s quality at €12 million represents a real bargain.
The 24-year-old has strong competition for places at the Nou Camp, and former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen’s return from injury could push him further down the pecking order.