Ronald Koeman was also involved in the decision not to sign Garcia.
Juan Laporta claims thatBarca
coach Ronald Koeman has agreed to the club's decision not to sign Eric Garcia fromManchester City
in the winter transfer window.
It was recently announced that Barcelona has € 1.2 billion debts and is in a very precarious economic situation. In addition, after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu and the postponement of the January elections, the club still does not have a permanent president. This situation prevented Barca from signing a talented defender from City in the winter. Laporta now claims that this happened with the approval of Ronald Koeman.
He told Tot Gira:
“Koeman was impeccable when he was with us. He understood the reasoning behind not signing Eric Garcia.
“It was for sporting and financial consistency, and because the statutes says it's not possible (for the club to make signings without a president in place).”
Garcia's contract with City will expire at the end of the season. He is said to have reached an agreement with Barca and will be added to Koeman's squad in the summer. He grew up in La Masia and welcomes a return to Catalonia.