It seems that the Catalans are adamant on bringing Eric García back to the club but at the end of the day, it’s Pep Guardiola who is putting pressure on Barcelona’s transfer plans by trying hard to retain the young centre-back. Needless to say, this could make the operation that much more complicated for the Azulgranas.
But Barça still seem confident the operation is plausible, especially since the former La Masia talent has only one year left on his Manchester City contract.
Of course, back when the European ban was still on the table, the Catalans were sure they could get their player but now, everything seems a bit more tangled up.
Guardiola, however, is the one putting pressure on Barcelona’s transfer plans and if García ends up staying at the Etihad, it will undoubtedly be because of his intervention.
But there are other strategies they can employ in their pursuit. There were even various reports of a potential three-way swap deal: García and João Cancelo would go one way and Nélson Semedo the other. Of course, Barça value their right-back higher than Cancelo so a straight swap isn’t an option. But if Man City were to add more money on the side, that could potentially be used to secure García immediately after.
Whatever ends up happening, it seems that Barcelona are trying extremely hard to secure the signing of the young centre-back. Seeing how Jean-Clair Todibo is close to leaving the club and Gerard Piqué isn’t getting any younger, this doesn’t exactly come as a big surprise at all.
And with Samuel Umtiti refusing to leave even though he’s constantly injured and not playing regularly, that makes Clement Lenglet the only safe bet for the immediate future. García would indeed be a shrewd signing.
But Pep is also a big fan of the youngster and he won’t go down without a fight.
Ronald Koeman talks after breaking the Celta away curse comfortably
Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Celta 0-3 Barcelona game. The Dutch manager managed to finally break the curse at the Balaidos — the Catalan club had not won any of the last 6 games away against Vigo, losing 3 of them.
Koeman, on the other hand, broke the curse comfortably. The manager played an entire second half with 10 men, but still managed to score 2 goals to secure the game.
“I’m very proud of this team today, we have worked very well, with one player less. We have done a great job with a lot of discipline.”, Koeman said.
The Dutch manager explained that at the break, he rotated to a 4-4-1 system: “At the break we talked about the 4-4-1 system and the players have done a great job.”
Koeman also added that Messi did a great job tonight: “Leo has worked a lot without the ball and he has been very important.”
“We said to the referee that there were other fouls on the pitch. In the end, it’s his decision and there is no need to discuss. I think it was a foul but I’m not sure if it was a yellow card.”, added Koeman regarding the second yellow card that Lenglet received which brought his team down to 10 men.
The Dutch manager was asked about the Champions League draw as well:
“We can be happy about the Champions League draw. Juve and Barça are the two best teams in the group but it will have to be proven.”
“I can’t say much about last season, but from day one I’ve seen the players very eager and eager to turn the situation around. The players are training very well, and we’re better physically.”, concluded Koeman.