Bartra to renew before loan?

Barcelona want Marc Bartra to sign a new four-year contract then leave the club on loan for two seasons, and the player is open to the proposal.

Bartra’s escape clause has dropped to €8m this summer after he featured only sporadically in the season just ended but Sport reports Barca have no intention of letting the centre-back leave on the cheap.

Bartra would prefer if at all possible to stay at Camp Nou as well and though as it stands his chances of getting a regular place under Luis Enrique are slim, a solution has allegedly been mooted.

His contract currently runs until 2018 and Barca are proposing a two-year extension to 2020, but Bartra would spend two years away from the club, and suitable options for a long-term loan are being investigated.

There has been contact with Villarreal, who didn’t appear interested, and Borussia Dortmund, who were keener, the option of a Premier League switch being discarded as the more physical style wouldn’t be suitable.

Barca’s ideal situation would be to find a club to loan Bartra to for two years and take a striker in return, though that is considered to be particularly optimistic.

AS, meanwhile, cite reports from Germany that say Bartra fits the profile of centre-backs preferred by Dortmund Coach Thomas Tuchel, and an offer of €16m is mooted, though Bartra can leave Camp Nou for significantly less after playing so few minutes last season.

Bartra would be offered a contract paying €7m-a-year if he did go to the Bundesliga, the report adds.

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