Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Marc Bartra, following news that the defender is poised to sign a new contract with Barcelona next week.
TalkSPORT reports how the 23-year-old Spain international has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League, after turning in a series of impressive performances at Camp Nou this season.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing Bartra to Anfield this summer, as he looks to strengthen his defensive department ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Spurs were also planning to rival Liverpool in pursuit of the centre-back's signature, with Tim Sherwood on the lookout for reinforcements at White Hart Lane.
However, both clubs now look set to miss out on the Barcelona graduate, with Bartra set to extend his contract until 2017, and have a £20.9million release clause inserted into the new deal.
The talented youngster has established himself as a first-team regular under Tata Martino this campaign, and is being lined up as the long-term replacement for Carles Puyol, after the veteran's recent announcement that he'll leave Barcelona at the the end of 2013/14.
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