Barcelona's out-of-favour player Marca Bartra is likely to move to Valencia during the coming summer transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish publication claims that Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested in securing his services but the centre-back would rather to move to Mestalla instead after it recently emerged that he is available for only €8 million (£6.1m, $8.9m).
The 25-year-old was already heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp during the last two transfer windows amid reports linking him with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, United, Manchester City and Sevilla. Bartra himself then confirmed that he was tempted to accept some of the offers received due to his lack of playing time but he instead decided to stay one further season in a bid to fulfil his dream to establish himself with the Barcelona first-team.
But the situation has even worsened during the 2015-2016 campaign after he fell further down the manager's pecking order behind Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jeremy Mathieu and even injury-prone Thomas Vermaelen.
Luis Enrique recently admitted that Bartra faced an uncertain future at Barcelona even though the Spaniard will be in Spain's Euro 2016 squad as he is still highly regarded in his country. Speculation has increased in recent days after the defender revealed that, due to the lack of playing time, his release clause has been reduced from €40m to only €8m.
Mundo Deportivo now claims that there are a number of teams interested in taking advantage of the situation to lure him away from the Nou Camp. For major clubs looking to bolster the back-line €8m looks a bargain deal for a young Spanish international with experience in the top flight.
The report says that Bartra, unless an unexpected U-turn occurs, has already decided to leave the club and Valencia will be his favoured destination ahead of Sevilla, Tottenham, Liverpool and United. Yet, Mundo Deportivo doesn't rule out that the Premier League giants could temp him with a much more lucrative offer to convince him to move to English football instead.
The final decision, one way or another, is not expected to be made before the end of the Euro 2016 as Bartra wants to be focused on trying to help his national team hold onto the title.