Barcelona are set to wait until the summer to secure the signature of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, according to Marca. Barcelona’s acting president, Carles Tusquets, met with the three presidential candidates Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa and manager Ronald Koeman on Wednesday and discussed the possibility of signing him this month.
Koeman made it clear that he wants to sign the 20-year-old in January and Tusquets suggested an offer of 4 million euros plus another 4 million euros in variables. But they did not manage to convince the presidential candidates.
“I have always said that I am not the one who has to take economic decisions for a signing,” Koeman told the press ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey game against Cornella on Thursday. “If the club think that it is not possible, then it is not possible and we will continue with what we have,” he added.
The young defender has just six months left to run on his Manchester City deal and is now likely to move to the Camp Nou in the summer. Garcia was a product of La Masia, the Barcelona academy, before joining Manchester City in 2017. He made his debut at 2018 and has made 16 appearances in the Premier League. While Pep Guardiola would like the young defender to stay in Manchester, it seems unlikely that he will. Garcia appears to have his heart set on a return to his boyhood club Barcelona. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain want to strengthen their defence and has reportedly raised their interest in signing Garcia. If they are willing to meet City’s demands for an up-front payment of €5M in this window, that would be a blow for Barcelona who hope to sign him on a free transfer.