The last couple of days have been extremely hectic for the Catalans but the local papers seem to be in unison for once: Eric García is very close to joining Barcelona in the ongoing summer transfer window.
This is the verdict both Mundo Deportivo and Sport have come to and the former La Masia prodigy could indeed return home. Of course, the deal is not done just yet but the club seems confident they can get it over the line sooner rather than later.
Mundo Deportivo say the player has taken the first step towards returning by declining a new offer by Manchester City. Besides, Pep Guardiola himself confirmed – the defender wants to play for another club. You can only guess once which one.
Sport have gone down the exact same route: Eric García gracing their cover as they say he’s close to joining Barcelona. He doesn’t want to renew and will leave, either this summer for cheap or the next one for free.
Either way, Barcelona win in this situation. They can also wait for next summer but it does seem they want to seal the deal sooner.
There have been reports stating the Catalans could make the youngster their first summer signing after the Champions League. Of course, that’s when the majority of deals are projected to happen, both incoming and outgoing.
One thing is for sure – it will be a hot transfer window once again.
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.