By Coral Barry
Tottenham have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Marc Bartra after Barcelona made it known he can leave the Nou Camp for £6.4million, according to a report.
The Spanish centre-back, who has a year remaining on his contract, has struggled to dislodge Gerard Pigue and Javier Mascherano from the Barcelona defence in the recently completed domestic season.
The Mirror claim that Tottenham hold an interest in the player and have been further encouraged by the news that Bartra’s lack of minutes on the pitch has triggered a clause in his contract, citing Spanish newspaper Sport.
Bartra’s initial release clause was set at £30million but now he is in the final 12 months of his deal, it has reportedly reduced to £6.4million.
The defender’s lack of playing time also means Barcelona have lost the right to insert a buy-back option into his contract with a new club.
Tottenham are believed to have already laid ground work for a move after meeting with Bartra’s agents, Carles Puyol and Ivan De La Pena, in the spring.
Mauricio Pochettino is said to have personally met with Bartra’s representatives and is eager to add the Spaniard to his ranks as competition for first choice centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
Tottenham will be playing Champions League football next campaign and are looking to add some depth and quality to a squad that will need to compete on two fronts.
Aged 25, Bartra is expected to leave his boyhood club for the good of his career as he enters the final year of his contract and it is believed he has the options of remaining in Spain with either Sevilla or Valencia.