Barcelona are looking to sign a new defender with coach Quique Setien finding the perfect candidate.
Quique Setien looks to bring defensive reinforcements to Barcelona and his latest target is none other than their former player, Marc Bartra.
The Catalan side are known to be looking for a long term heir to 33-year-old Gerard Pique. Clement Lenglet has established himself as the regular center-back alongside Pique with Samuel Umtiti looking to depart this transfer window after failing to recover from his knee injury.
The French international has heavily suffered from a reoccurring knee problem which the defender is yet to recover from. Barcelona attempted to provide plenty of time for their former starter but Umtiti has failed to impress, looking a shadow of his former self.
Now, the board have decided to opt for another, ideally replacing Umtiti with former La Masia graduate Eric Garcia. While Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, remains adamant about keeping Garcia at Etihad, the player’s desire to return home could be enough for Barca to secure the talented youngster.
While the negotiations with Garcia remains to be finalized, Setien has found an alternative to strengthen his defence ahead of next season. While the manager’s future remains uncertain, he remains focused on his job and wants to reportedly bring back former defensive graduate, Marc Bartra.
Like Garcia, Bartra was also a product of La Masia and was heavily linked with replacing Pique one day. Unfortunately, for the Spaniard, his time at Camp Nou was cut short and Bartra was eventually sold to Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund.
Now 29 years of age, Batra could possibly return to his former side with Setien keen on securing the Real Betis defender. He will fit under Setien perfectly as he understands the Barca philosophy, having played there for 14 years.
However, the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and sporting director Eric Abidal are not looking to pay the 20 million euro transfer fee to Betis after selling him to Dortmund for only 8 million in 2016. It remains to be seen whether the board manages to secure the likes of Garcia, Dayot Upamecano, or Pau Torres this transfer window. Failing to secure any could perhaps open the doors for Marc to make his return.
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