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Girona chairman denies any approach from Barcelona for €20 million midfielder: “Plan is to continue”



Despite having one of the strongest and brightest midfield cores in the world in Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gavi, Barcelona have barely found any stability in their midfield this season.

Early injuries to Pedri and de Jong initially derailed their season, which also coincided with Oriol Romeu’s drop in form.

And if this calamity was not enough, Gavi tore his ACL playing for Spain in a meaningless game, and is expected to miss the rest of the season, and possibly even the 2024 European Championship.

Pedri has picked up another injury as well, and will only return after the Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh.

Given the nature of their midfield crisis, Barcelona are aiming to sign a midfielder in the winter after completing Vitor Roque’s deal. One of the players on their radar is Girona’s Aleix Garcia.

Girona Chairman confirms no approach from Barcelona

One of the keys to Girona’s success this season, as they sit second in the table, is Aleix Garcia, who has played a spectacular part in midfield.

Speaking about him and the Barcelona links, Girona Chairman, Pere Guardiola said, “We do not want him to leave. Barcelona never approached us.”

Pep Guardiola’s brother, Pere has been Chairman of Girona since 2020 after acquiring shares in the club in 2017. He has been credited with a large part of the team’s success.

“We have not received any proposal and our plan is to continue with the same team,” he also mentioned about Guardiola, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano.

Garcia dreams of Barcelona

While Girona’s manager and chairman have already publicly spoken about their desire to retain Garcia’s services, the Spaniard has already talked about how he dreams of playing for Barcelona.

“Obviously, I want to play for Barcelona. It is a club that I love and have followed since I was young,” the midfielder said last month, after which he was publicly scolded by Michel.

His release clause stands at €20 million, if reports are to be believed. Barcelona are definitely interested in activating that clause, but it remains to be seen if they can make enough space in their wage bill.

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