According to BBC, Manchester City now demands €30 million for Eric Garcia. The Catalan centre-back remains Barça’s top priority in the defence, but his current price tag makes the signing complicated.
As things stand, Barcelona do not have the financial status to meet Manchester City’s demands. The Catalan club will have to wait until June 2021, when the player’s contract ends — he will be able to leave from City on a free transfer then.
Barça considers Garcia a perfect long-term investment in the centre-back, as the 19-year-old is a La Masia graduate and has already shown his quality at the English club. After featuring in a total of 13 Premier League games, he immediately caught the attention of many European clubs.
Whether City will lower Garcia’s price tag and take the risk of letting him go for free next year, remains unknown.
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.