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FC Barcelona Close to Signing Manchester City Defender Eric Garcia?

Manchester City Defender Eric Garcia is likely to make a move to FC Barcelona/Photo: Twitter

According to various reports, Manchester City defender Eric Garcia is on his way to Barcelona this summer.

The Spaniard has already rejected the club’s offer for a new contract, and will be a free agent in June. Which means he is eligible to check out any other clubs reigning overseas.

Before joining Manchester City in 2017, Garcia first made his way through Barcelona’ youth academy. And the latest rumors indicate that the La Masia product is expected to return back to his boyhood club.

He kickstarted the 2020-21 season by testing positive for Covid-19, and undergoing other trail of injuries. This in all has lead him to make only 3 Premier League appearances for the Citizens.

Manchester City yet find themselves 2 points off local rivals Manchester United. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, each scored late goals win 2-0 over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

BARCELONA CLOSE TO ANNOUNCING ERIC GARCIA

With having Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto held onto the bleachers. A cash-strapped Barcelona are eyeing the 20-year-old center-back, who can be of fruitful addition to the crumbled defense.

Which is why Carles Tusquests, the interim president, along with three other presidential candidates and manager Ronald Koeman met to discuss a number of issues — with Garcia’ situation being one on the table.

Besides having little money to spend, it is said that Barcelona will sign Eric Garcia for free and that he might return to the Camp Nou at the end of this season.

“I have already said what I have to say. I am not the one who makes the economic decisions at the club. The club’s management has to make the call.”

— Ronald Koeman on signing Eric Garcia.

“We’ve valued the signing of Eric Garcia, but he will arrive in the summer when the season ends and he’s available for free. The situation of the club is what it is. What we all know is that it’s a critical situation as a result of the stadium being closed and we can’t generate income as we normally did.”

— Freixa on Eric Garcia

“I hope not but maybe in Barcelona they know better than me. I don’t know what’s going to happen but maybe it’s going to happen.”

— Pep Guardiola on Eric Garcia and his undetermined future

If moving back to Catalonia helps Eric Garcia reconcile his career, then leaving the Sky Blues behind is not a big deal. However, the final decision is left with the player himself, who has to overlook his future and decide what’s best for him.

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