Manchester City eyeing summer move for Barcelona's Marc Bartra

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Following Manchester City's triumph in securing Pep Guardiola as their next manager, it seems the two-time Premier League champions are keen to bring some of the Spaniard's old players to the Etihad.

The Citizens are set for a squad overhaul this summer and, according to the Daily Mirror, want Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra.

City have struggled for a steady backline in the absence of Vincent Kompany this season, which Guardiola has prioritised to strengthen upon his arrival.


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Bartra was a product of Barca's La Masia academy and was handed his senior debut at the Camp Nou by Guardiola himself, who managed in Catalonia between 2008-2012.

However, the 25-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited since Luis Enrique's arrival, the Spaniard preferring a Gerard Pique-Javier Mascherano partnership.

As the situation stands, Bartra's contract expires in 2017 but wants a move elsewhere in search of greater game time.

It's reported the Spain international has a buy-out clause of €25 million, yet City could sign him for a paltry £9 million.

Barcelona will insist on inserting a buy-back clause in any deal, though.

Bartra has made over 100 appearances for the La Liga giants across seven years at the club, but the majority of them have come as a substitute.

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