Barcelona have reneged on their verbal deal to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City and have now asked the center-back to accept a scaled-down deal to seal his transfer to Camp Nou – which is worth it half of the initial agreement.
The 20-year-old’s contract at City is coming to an end and he has long been expected to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer. Personal terms were agreed upon 12 months ago and it has since seemed to be a case of when, rather than if.
Garcia and Barcelona were thought to be relaxed about the situation, knowing that everything had already been agreed anyway. But according to Marca, the Spanish side withdrew its offer and replaced it with one with a significantly lower salary.
RAC’s Gerard Romero followed the report and confirmed that the deal currently on the table is worth half of what Garcia originally agreed to.
Barcelona remain keen on signing Garcia, but amid mounting debts and desperate attempts to cut the salary budget, the decision has been made to reverse their original deal with Garcia in a bid to save money.
Every player in the Barcelona squad has been (or soon will be) asked to take a pay cut to help the squad stay afloat in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s not unique to Garcia.
Marca doesn’t mention how Garcia feels about Barcelona going back on his word, but according to Cuatro, the 20-year-old was not impressed by it all.
Garcia has always wanted to return to Barcelona, but the club’s demeanor has forced him to rethink his options. He did not rule out accepting the reduced terms, but above all, the idea of renewing with City is now there too.
The defender has reportedly rejected two contract offers from City, who had publicly admitted it looked like Garcia was heading towards Barcelona, but this late key could change things completely.
It is also suggested that Garcia be prepared to listen to offers from elsewhere. After all, he’s only played ten times in all competitions for City this season and only managed 35 minutes of Premier League action since October, so staying at the Etihad might not be no. more in his best interest.
A move to Barcelona seemed almost over, but La Blaugrana’s latest offer changed things, and now Garcia’s future is back in the air.
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