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Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: Liverpool, Tottenham Ready to Trigger Defender's Release Clause

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It's not Martin Montoya or Pedro, but Liverpool are once again linked with a Barcelona outcast as defender Marc Bartra's release clause is reportedly lowered after failing to feature regularly last season.

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Every six months or so Liverpool find themselves linked with a promising Barcelona player that just hasn't made the breakthrough. Before moving to Porto it was Christian Tello, in the past year it's been Martin Montoya, and for ten-plus years it was/is/will forever be Pedro. Nevermind that the club haven't actually brought in anyone into the first team from Barcelona, it's become almost a rite of passage for those stuck in purgatory between Barcelona's B team and the senior squad. Not getting minutes with a reasonable fee attached? Welcome to Liverpool.

Today it's defender Marc Barta, whose release clause of €12m--lowered from €25m due to lack of playing time--was confirmed in an interview with Radio Marca. The central defender couldn't force his way into the starting eleven with any sort of regularity, stuck behind Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, and Jeremy Mathieu in the heart of Barca's defense. Barta managed only 14 appearances in league, featuring ten times in the Copa del Rey and six in the Champions League as Barcelona won the treble.

Liverpool aren't alone in their interest, however, as Spurs are also reportedly keen on the 24-year-old at a cut-rate price. At the current time could use the help; with Martin Skrtel's future in doubt, Tiago Ilori's place uncertain, and Sebastian Coates expected to leave, Liverpool will need to add quality, with only Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, and Kolo Toure confirmed for next season. Sakho aside, that's not a particularly inspiring defensive contingent, and while Bartra might not be the answer, he would likely force his way into contention fairly quickly.

Still, the nature of Liverpool-Barcelona links in the recent past make this one seem unlikely despite making good sense, and it's hard to see the club making enough of a push to bring him in. With priorities seemingly elsewhere at the present time, it doesn't appear that Marc Bartra will be leaning on anything at Melwood soon.