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Barcelona target 19yo Man City defender

Man City's Eric Garcia

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Barcelona are reportedly interested in trying to lure Manchester City defender Eric Garcia back to the Camp Nou.

Garcia’s current deal expires in 2022 and Man City are eager to secure the long term services of the highly-rated 19-year-old.

He arrived at the Etihad Stadium three years ago from Barcelona’s world-famous La Masia academy, and the Catalan giants are eyeing him as a long term successor to Gerard Pique.

The move would see Garcia follow a similar journey to the man he could eventually replace. Pique joined Manchester United in 2004, before returning again in 2008 and his success might well have some influence on the young Spaniard’s future plans.

There will, of course, be many other factors in the defenders’ decision as to whether to pen a new deal.

Despite seemingly working his way ahead of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, Garcia will be mindful of Man City’s recently accepted bid for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. Kalidou Koulibaly also continues to be linked to the Citizens. 

If both players were to arrive, you can’t help but feel Garcia could end up being as low as 4th choice centre half for the coming season.

City will also want to avoid a repeat of the Leroy Sane situation. The German International joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich as he entered the final year of his contract at the Etihad. 

Manager Pep Guardiola has made it clear that the club wants Garcia to stay;

“We are going to try to convince him to stay here for many, many, many years.”
“I’m confident he will stay but at the end of the day it’s his decision. He knows we want him.”

Although with Guardiola himself having only one year remaining on his own contract, Garcia may want assurances from Pep, that he will be the one overseeing the 19-year-olds development.    

It, therefore, could be argued that City’s most important signing of the summer, is agreeing to a contract extension with their current manager.

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