A recent treble winner and full Spain international for just £8.7m? Bargain! Of course we are not talking about Pedro, Andres Iniesta or Gerard Pique, but, if reports are to be believed, Liverpool and Spurs could snap up Marc Bartra from Barcelona for a bargain rate.
The 24-year-old’s release clause has fallen from £36m to the said sum due to his lack of minutes in the red and blue shirt of late, and such a reduction is tempting for a host of European clubs. So should Spurs of Liverpool take the plunge? We think so, and here are FIVE reasons why…
Due to a lack of first-team opportunities, Bartra’s release clause has fallen from £36m to £8.7m… that’s some saving. Such a fall in his value is a great opportunity, especially when the price tags of players such as Dejan Lovren are taken into account!
Both Liverpool and Spurs need to invest wisely this summer, so snapping up a player’s whose value is clearly lower than it should be makes sense, and would allow them to send funds towards other areas of their respective squads in need of strengthening.
Despite a lack of playing time in his first-team career at Barcelona, the 24-year-old has been capped five times by Spain, illustrating that he certainly has the talent to back up the hype surrounding him.
La Roja are hardly short of quality in any position, and the experience Bartra will have picked up in his time around the side who have, aside from last summer, dominated international football in recent memory is likely to have boosted his potential no end.
At 24, Bartra is ready to be a first-team footballer. His formative years are behind him, and if Barcelona are not willing to give him the game time he needs, their loss could be another’s gain.
His peak years remain some way off, so there is scope for his game to be moulded, while he’s approaching physical maturity, which would be of benefit in the Premier League
The likes of Cesc Fabregas have left Barca in the past only to flourish, while the recent examples of Bojan and Alex Song at Stoke and West Ham prove that Nou Camp cast-offs have much to offer. A graduate from the famed ‘La Masia’ academy, Bartra has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and, of course, Lionel Messi, who are now considered to be three of the best players in their respective positions on the planet.
Not exactly the foundation of wise transfer business, but snapping up Bartra would mean that either Spurs or Liverpool would be keeping the player from the other. With the Merseyside and London outfits likely to be rivals in the battle for the top four, keeping the other from strengthening with a quality player may be a factor in the eventual outcome of 2015/16.