Barcelona transfer executive Ariedo Braida has warned potential suitors that central defender Marc Bartra is not for sale this summer, Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo report.
The Spanish star’s situation at the Nou Camp has left the Catalan giants in a pickle, with reports stating that his release clause has plummeted from €25 million to €12 million due to a lack of games played.
At his new price, Bartra certainly represents a bargain fee and one which Tottenham Hotspur are looking to exercise, if previous reports in Diario Sport are to be believed.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is seemingly on the hunt for new defenders this summer due to the club’s poor defensive record last season, making the White Hart Lane links plausible.
However, despite only featuring in 14 La Liga matches last season Bartra is very much wanted at the Spanish giants as Braida sends out a warning to his potential suitors.
“We have no intentions of selling him, we consider the player unavailable for transfer,” he briefly told reporters while discussing the future of fellow defender Martin Montoya.
The 24-year-old has plenty of competition for a regular starting birth at the Nou Camp, and the return of the formerly injured Thomas Vermaelen will only see his appearances restricted further.
While Barca may not be keen on a permanent deal for Bartra, perhaps they would consider a loan move to a team such as Tottenham – a deal which would without doubt benefit all the parties involved.