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Barcelona looking to sign Man City defender

Sun 27 December 2020 | 17:20

Barcelona intend to finalize the transfer of Eric Garcia in the winter transfer window.

Barcelona

wanted to sign two players last summer to strengthen their defense and attack;

Eric Garcia

, the 19-year-old

Manchester City

defender and

Lyon

Dutch striker,

Memphis Depay

. They eventually failed to sign either.

Man City refused to sell

Garcia

for less than € 25 million and Lyon wanted €30 million for

Depay

, and Barcelona's financial problems ultimately prevented them from reaching a final deal.

Both players have only a few months left on their contracts and will be free at the end of the season.

According to reports, Barcelona's verbal agreement with Eric Garcia is final and a formal offer is expected to be made to Man City after the winter transfer window opens (in 5 days), but it is impossible to finalize the transfer until the Barcelona presidential election (January 24).

Barcelona's interim board is unable to buy and sell players, but interim president

Carlos Tusquets

intends to reach an agreement with the Citizens for Garcia so that the next president will only finalize the transfer.

According to reports, Barcelona cannot sign

Garcia

and

Depay

at the same time due to financial constraints and wage ceilings.

Gerard Pique

's injury will keep him out until mid-April, and

Samuel Umtiti

's physical condition is not good. Currently,

Clement Lenglet

,

Oscar Mingueza

and

Ronald Araujo

are Barca's three center-backs, but

Koeman

needs another one.

Thus, purchasing Depay will be postponed to summer. Depay could have left for Barca in the winter if

Ousmane Dembele

had agreed to leave the Catalan club.

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