Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur target Marc Bartra is set to stay at Barcelona, according to the Barcelona's sporting director.
Barcelona's sporting director Ariedo Braida has revealed that they have no plans to sell their defender Marc Bartra.
Braida told FCInternews: "We have no intention of transferring him, therefore, I consider him to be a player who is unavailable."
Premier League sides have been eyeing for his move as his price has been dropped to £8.7million from £21million due to featuring less for Barca last term. He featured in less than 50% of Barcelona games last term.
Bartra who featured only in 14 La Liga games last term has not hinted his future plans. He is happy, according to Braida .
However, yesterday’s reports claim that Tottenham are leading the race as they have recently inquired for the 24-year-old’s move.
Spurs have once targeted him few years ago when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge.
Bartra agent has confirmed that his release clause will rise again when the next month starts. His value would be then around €30million.
Barcelona are in no mood to sell their Spanish defender for a cheap price as they know that they can get a big fee once this month ends.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund are also said to be keeping tabs on his situation.
Columnist: Stevan Jones