Barcelona to lose the battle to sign former graduate at Manchester City.
Manchester City defender, Eric Garcia, is preparing for a five-year contract renewal deal that would shut any ongoing negotiations with Barcelona.
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Sport had reported that the Spanish giants have placed Garcia as a major part of their defensive reinforcement plans and negotiations had already begun. The 19-year-old has his current contract expiring next season which puts the club at risk of losing a promising talent for free.
Barca have already enquired about the defender while the Premier League side are hoping to extend his stay at the Etihad stadium. The current negotiations are in their early stages as the perfect plan to bring La Masia back to his home is still unknown.
Eric joined Pep Guardiola‘s side back in 2017 fully aware that developing under Barca’s former coach will push him to great heights, and that philosophy has worked as many believe him to be the future for the Premier League giants.
Daniel Cutts of The Sun, however, reports that the youngster is expected to remain with the club for many more years with an impressive salary. His current 12,000 pound weekly wages are set for a massive upgrade to 40,000 with additional bonuses included.
Ironically, the deal is being negotiated between City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain, Eric’s agent, and Barca legend, Carles Puyol. The former Blaugrana captain has reportedly convinced the Spaniard to remain in England.
It remains to be seen whether Barca pushes harder for the signing of their former starlet who could have been playing alongside Gerard Pique if it was not for Barca’s poor choice of letting their bright future leave.
Should Barca sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City?