Defender Eric Garcia of Manchester City has entered into an agreement with Barcelona concerning personal terms, but there is still a long way to go before a return to Camp Nou can come to fruition.
It is known that the loan transfer of Carles Alena to Getafe has opened up ample funds for the Catalan giants to conclude a deal for Garcia, with the troublesome center-back position seen as a top priority as Barca tries to close the gap with Atletico Madrid, the leaders of La Liga.
However, before an official offer is made, interim President Carles Tusquets will ask all four presidential candidates for their views ahead of the January 24 vote and, if all of them give the green light, the club will move.
As a result of coronavirus complications, the election itself may be delayed, meaning that after the January transition window has closed, the new president, likely to be Joan Laporta, could well be elected, so the Blaugrana is going ahead with their plans.
It is also known that for Garcia, whose contract with City runs out in the summer, Barca would pay just EUR 5 million, but that Pep Guardiola’s side had hoped to obtain a larger fee for a player who has been at the club since 2017.
Still, City is afraid to lose the 20-year-old on a free transfer and is more comfortable about their center-back situation as opposite a rejuvenated John Stones, who appears to have returned to his best form, Ruben Dias has slotted seamlessly into Guardiola’s plans.
In fact, Aymeric Laporte remains a choice for the center of Guardiola’s defense, with Nathan Ake available for selection as well.