Reports over the course of the past few days have suggested that the Reds and the Lilywhites have both been alerted by the opportunity to snap up the 24-year-old centre-back on the cheap.
Due to a lack of playing time over the season just gone, an £8.7m release clause has kicked in, however, this sum will increase to closer to £22m by the start of next month.
And it appears that the chances of the Spaniard leaving Barca are slim, with Braida having declared that the promising enforcer is not available to other clubs:
“We have no intention of transferring him, therefore, I consider him to be a player who is unavailable.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Despite being an infrequent starter at club level, Bartra has represented Spain on five occasions since making his La Roja debut back in 2013.