Reports from Spain have claimed that Spurs are at the front of the queue to sign the Barcelona defender Marc Bartra.
The 25-year old centre-back is said to have grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities at the Camp Nou. Having made 30 appearances for Barca in 2013-14 and his debut for Spain in September 2014, it looked like Bartra was establishing himself as an important squad member, but he’s played just ten La Liga games this season.
Also able to play as a right-back, Bartra is expected to leave Barcelona this summer for a modest fee of €12m. Despite the lack of love from Barcelona, the Spain manager Vincente del Bosque has kept faith in Bartra and he will surely be a quality addition for any new club.
But should that new club be Tottenham? Considering that Bartra is leaving Barcelona to gain more playing time, would Spurs be the right fit considering that Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer have all performed so well this season?
On the other hand, if Mauricio Pochettino’s side qualify for the Champions League as expected, there is an argument for having four strong central defenders that can be rotated.
Perhaps the answer lies with the progress of Cameron Carter-Vickers. The homegrown 18-year old has been in and around the squad this season and if Pochettino thinks he’s good enough to step up, there will be no need to sign another central defender.
Should Carter-Vickers be deemed too young and inexperienced, a loan move could follow, leaving a gap in the squad for someone like Bartra to fill. Watch the Spanish star in action below.