Barcelona expect Man City to lower asking price of young defender

Sam Puddephatt

Barcelona have been hot on the trail of 19-year-old defender Eric Garcia for several weeks now and expect that Manchester City will reduce their €30m asking price for the starlet, according to ESPN.

Garcia started his career in the youth side at Barcelona before moving to Manchester and joining the youth academy, the Catalan side have not hidden their desire to sign the player.

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Barcelona had previously made an offer to Manchester City of around €10 million (€8M + €2M in bonuses), but it was unsurprisingly rejected by the Premier League side - who continue to demand a fee in the region of €30 million.

Despite Barcelona's President, Josep María Bartomeu, being in contact with Eric Garcia’s father for months, the La Liga side would not be willing to reach City's demands considering the player would become free next summer given his current contract situation. It is also known that the player would be willing to wait a year to sign for Barcelona next summer.

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Garcia has been a reliable player for Guardiola in the past few weeks, with Stones and Laporte carrying injuries, and Otamendi out of favour in the defence – he has proven himself to be a wise head on young shoulders.

The transfer window closes in a weeks’ time, will Barcelona rely on City reducing his price, or will they swoop in and steal the player?

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