Villarreal hoping for Marc Bartra capture from Barcelona
The Catalan giants are currently stepping up their pursuit of a central defender to provide competition for Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano, with Chelsea’s David Luiz reportedly the subject of a £21.5million bid from the club.
The Spanish champions were thought to be on the trail of Paris Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva, but were rebuffed in their efforts to sign him, with a bid reportedly rejected by the French giants.
All this is likely to mean even less playing time for Bartra, who was trusted ahead of the still recovering Eric Abidal for the crunch Champions League ties against Bayern Munich last season.
The two legged ties were the most high profile games of the season for the club, and Bartra was chosen to partner Gerard Pique at the heart of the defence.
A new arrival at the back could however spell the end of Bartra’s playing career at the Camp Nou, at least temporarily, with the 22-year-old stating recently that he would be open to a loan move.
Newly-promoted Villarreal meanwhile are looking to cement their place in the top flight by adding depth to their squad, and have already made defensive signings in Aleksander Pantic and Bojan Jokic, and manager Marcelino is looking to bring Bartra in, according to Radio Castellon, to help shore the back line up even more.
New Barca coach Gerardo Martino looks likely to allow the player to leave on loan to gain first team experience, and is hopeful he can return to the club a better player.
By Nick Turner Follow: NickTurner1988