Barcelona and Man City locked in tense negotiations over teenage defender Eric Garcia with Premier League club unwilling to budge from their £13.5m valuation
- Barcelona are desperate to sign a new central defender in January window
- Manchester City’s 19-year-old Eric Garcia is their No 1 transfer target
- Garcia started his career at Barcelona before moving to City in 2017
- But City are digging in their heels over their £13.5million valuation of Garcia
- The player is keen to return to Barcelona and is in the last year of his contract
Barcelona and Manchester City are locked in tense negotiations over teenage defender Eric Garcia, with the Premier League club steadfast with their £13.5million valuation.
19-year-old centre-back Garcia started his career with Barcelona before joining City in 2017 but he has made just 26 first-team appearances since.
Barcelona failed to bring in a new central defender in the summer despite their failure to win any silverware last season highlighting the desperate need for one.
Manchester City are locked in negotiations with Barcelona over defender Eric Garcia
Garcia, who started his career with Barcelona, is valued at about £13.5million by City
They have identified Garcia as their No 1 target and he would join Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo as options in that position with Samuel Umtiti expected to depart in the January window.
According to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport, Barcelona and City have renewed negotiations in recent days but there’s been no budging from the £13.5m valuation.
Unless there is a breakthrough soon, Garcia will remain at the Etihad Stadium until the summer when his contract expires.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was unable to sign a new central defender in the summer
There have also been reports that Real Madrid may rival Barcelona for Garcia’s signature, seeing him as a long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos.
Garcia, for his part, has made it clear he has no intention of renewing his City contract and wishes to return to Barcelona, the city of his birth.
City are aware of this but rate Garcia highly and would rather lose him for nothing next summer than sell him below market value in January. The City hierarchy are still putting significant pressure on him to sign a new deal.
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