Reported Tottenham target Marc Bartra to make decision on Barcelona future this week

Barcelona defender Bartra has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Bartra has a release clause of €12 million, due to a stipulation in his contract, and it has been reported by Sport that he will make a decision on his future this week.

The Spanish international defender signed a new contract until 2017 in January, with a release clause of €25 million as part of that deal. However, that clause required the 24-year-old centre-back to play at least 60% of Barca’s first-team games - a situation which has not come about.

Due to this limitation to his game time, Bartra’s clause is lowered to €12 million, as a means to allow him to leave in the search for consistent first-team football.

A report in Sport last month claimed that Spurs were monitoring Bartra’s situation with his future in doubt, and now that the season has ended, it has been confirmed that his clause has been lowered to €12 million - as per AS.

It now looks likely that Bartra will be leaving Camp Nou this summer, and alongside Tottenham’s interest in the centre-half, the latest report claims that both Bayern Munich and Manchester City are also tracking him.

Amid all the transfer interest, Spurs are the most long-term suitors, and the report claims that Bartra will make a decision on his future by the end of this week.

Whilst he may wish to stay at Barca, there are no guarantees as to playing time, and the inclusion of the clause in his contract suggests that he wants to be assured of consistent competitive football.

Should Bartra decide to leave, Barca can do nothing to prevent his exit due to the release clause, and whichever club signs him will be bringing in an exceptionally talented defender on a cut-price deal.

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