Manchester City ‘demand £31m for wantaway Eric Garcia’ with Barcelona ‘close to landing the defender’ after he told Pep Guardiola he wouldn’t sign a new contract
- Manchester City defender Eric Garcia wants to leave the Premier League club
- City boss Pep Guardiola announced the news in a press conference on Thursday
- The 19-year-old wonderkid could end up returning to boyhood club Barcelona
- City ‘will demand £31million for the teenager’, which includes £20m up front
Manchester City have named their price for wantaway defender Eric Garcia after he refused to sign a new contract at the club, according to reports in Spain.
On Thursday, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed the 19-year-old did not want to stay at the club beyond the expiration of his contract next summer.
The Premier League club will therefore cash in on the teenage defender, who was deemed to be a future first-team star at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City want £31million for wantaway Spanish centre-back Eric Garcia
Reports in Spain reveal that City want an initial £20million fee plus £11million in add-ons
And several reports in Spain claim that City have set a £31million price tag over Garcia’s head, with one report saying that Barcelona are close to landing the defender.
The deal would be an initial £20million fee, with the remaining £11million to be paid in add-ons.
A move to Barcelona would see him return to the club that nurtured him through his developing years, with Garcia a product of the famous La Masia academy that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas.
The defender came through the Barcelona academy before moving to City in 2017
One Spanish publication say that the teenage defender is getting ‘closer’ to a Barcelona return
The 6ft defender, who was born in Barcelona, joined Manchester City as a 16-year-old in 2017 during Guardiola’s second season in charge of the Premier League club.
Garcia made his first-team breakthrough in Guardiola’s side this season, featuring 22 times in all competitions during the 2019-20 season due to an injury to first-choice centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
The Citizens lost just twice out of the 13 matches in which Garcia featured in defence.
Guardiola revealed in his news conference ahead of Friday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid that the club tried to get Garcia to extend his deal, but the teenage defender has his heart set on a move away.
It is looking likely that Garcia (right) is joining David Silva (left) out of the City exit door
City boss Pep Guardiola (left) admitted he tried to convince Garcia (right) to stay at the club
The City boss said on Thursday: ‘He announced to us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City.
‘He has one more year and after that, he doesn’t want to extend. We want it but he doesn’t want to,…
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