According to Marca, Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra could be sold before the January transfer window closes. It’s good news for Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho having been linked with the Spanish centre-back for some time.
Barta joined Dortmund from Barcelona in 2016, and has made 51 appearances in all competitions for the German giants. The 13-cap Spanish international hasn’t been first-choice under Peter Stoger, however, being an used substitute or left out of the matchday squad entirely since the new manager took charge in December.
As a result, Bartra is believed to be considering his future at the Westfalenstadion, with Dortmund also open to a move. United would have competition to procure his signature, however, with La Liga side Real Betis reportedly in the race to sign him.
The Metro states Betis vice-president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has a good relationship with the representatives of Bartra, which could boost their hopes of landing the 27-year-old. Manager Quique Setien is reported to have made contact over a move for the defender too.
Juventus and Manchester City are two other sides showing interest, although there’s been no official approach from either club. Bartra was heavily linked with United ahead of the new season, but they opted for Victor Lindelof from Benfica instead.
And after his inconsistent form in his debut season, Mourinho may well be open to Bartra if he’s made available this month.