Barcelona ‘begin talks to re-sign former academy star Eric Garcia from Manchester City as defender enters final 12 months of his contract’
- Barcelona want Manchester City defender Eric Garcia to rejoin the Catalan club
- Garcia, who was born in the city, left the Nou Camp to join Pep Guardiola in 2017
- The 19-year-old centre-back has made 16 appearances for Manchester City
The 19-year-old defender left La Masia in 2017 to join Pep Guardiola‘s side and has to date played 16 times for the club, cementing his place in the club’s first team plans this season.
His former club, who he joined aged seven, have been impressed by his displays and see him as a potential successor to the ageing Gerard Pique at the heart of defence.
Manchester City defender Eric Garcia is a target for his former club Barcelona this summer
Diario Sport have reported that Barcelona have begun negotiations over sealing his return
Garcia is reportedly into the final 12 months of his Manchester City contract and, if a deal is not agreed this summer, may return to his hometown next year.
However, Manchester City are keen to pen the youngster to a new contract and see him as a key part of their future moving forward.
According to the Sun, a five-year deal is on the table that would treble his salary, taking his £12,000-a-week wages to £40,000-a-week plus bonuses.
Garcia played the first game of the restart against Arsenal but was taken off injured late on.
He returned to the starting line-up for the 4-0 victory against Premier League champions Liverpool.
The Spaniard has played 16 first-team games for Manchester City since joining them in 2017
Barcelona view Garcia as a long-term successor to defender Gerard Pique in defence