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Guardiola confirms Eric Garcia will not renew, the player will join Barça

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Pep Guardiola recently confirmed that Eric Garcia does not want to renew his contract with Manchester City, which means that the 19-year-old will become a Barcelona player either this summer or next summer for free.

“Eric Garcia doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City. I think he wants to join another club.”, said the Manchester City coach in the press conference ahead of the round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid.

Guardiola’s side already signed a replacement for Garcia, namely Nathan Aké (25) from Bournemouth.

The Spanish defender is a La Masia graduate and it is known that he has agreed to return to his home club. As things stand, he is very likely to join Barça very soon now.

Sources: Fabrizio Romano, Albert Roge

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Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons

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At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.

According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.

And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.

Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.

When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.

But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.

Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.

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