The former La Masia talent and the current Manchester City gem Eric García reportedly wants to join Barcelona this summer. His contract is set to expire next year and the Citizens are aware of the fact that they just might lose him for free if the situation is not resolved, one way or the other.
Of course, this is not the first time we hear that the Catalans might be interested in righting this particular wrong and bringing the young defender back home. Still, now the rumour has suddenly picked up some pace and it might actually come true.
Guillem Balague, a very reliable source when it comes to transfer latest, has confirmed Man City are aware of the centre-back’s wishes and they know Eric García indeed wants to join Barcelona.
Not only that but he claims that in terms of ‘personal details’ with the player, ‘everything is in place’ and has confirmed as much on his regular #AskGuillem Q&A. Will Barcelona really pull the trigger and ensure the La Masia talent returns home this summer?
It remains to be seen but if the latest reports are to be believed, that sure seems to be a real possibility at the moment.
Source: Guillem Balague
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!