Report: Manchester United looking to sign Barcelona's Marc Bartra

Manchester United are interested in signing Marc Bartra from Barcelona.

Manchester United are keen on signing Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, report Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Bartra has been capped six times by Spain, but the 24-year-old has played irregularly for Barcelona this season.

He has 10 appearances to his name, of which five have come in La Liga, and was not involved in El Clasico at the weekend.

Mundo Deportivo report Bartra is to sign with a new sports agency represented by former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, and is looking to the future with his current contract set to expire at the end of next season, June 2017.

The paper claim Bartra is disappointed at being left out of El Clasico, and is ready to explore his options.

Manchester United are the only other club mentioned, with it claimed the Red Devils are 'seeking' a centre-back. It is also claimed that Puyol is a good contact of United boss Louis van Gaal - who managed him at Barcelona, which could count in the Premier League side's favour in terms of trying to do a deal.

Bartra is at the age where he needs to kick on and play regularly, but United will be keen to avoid a repeat of Dani Alves and Sergio Ramos situations this summer, where they were used as a bargaining chip by top La Liga players to extend their deals on increased wages.

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