Tottenham-linked Marc Barta will not be sold, says Barcelona transfer advisor Ariedo Braida

The 24-year old has been heavily linked with a Nou Camp exit this summer.

Tottenham’s interest in Marc Bartra has been widely reported in recent days, with Sky Sports suggesting the North London club had made ‘initial contact’ with Barcelona regarding the Spanish defender.

The aquisition of Kevin Wimmer last month adds to Eric Dier, Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen as Spurs’ core group of centre-backs.

Even given the likely departures of Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul, the signing of another centre-back in Marc Bartra seemed a strange one. Spurs would be left with five central defenders all expecting significant playing time and keeping a happy camp would be a challenge.

However, it now appears that Barta will not be joining the Tottenham ranks in any case as Barcelona transfer advisor Ariedo Braida gave his take on the matter.

"I don't think Bartra wants to leave,” Breida is quoted as saying in an interview with O Jogo. “He's a quality player, interest is normal, but we won't sell.”

Spurs appear well stocked defensively, with Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitting to the BBC that Tottenham are talking to Kieran Trippier, and attention should now turn towards acquisitions further up the pitch to ease the burden on Harry Kane’s shoulders

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