Manchester City has agreed to sell Eric Garcia to Barcelona for EUR 3 million and, according to presidential candidate Victor Font, the player can play for free for six months due to the financial difficulties the club is facing.
Over the past year, Garcia has been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou, and earlier this month he had reached personal terms with Barca.
Until joining City in 2017, the 20-year-old started his career at the famed La Masia Academy in Catalunya, but his new contract at Etihad Stadium is set to expire in the summer.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going to leave at the end of the season,” he told reporters at the weekend. “And [whether he leaves] now in this transfer window will depend on the clubs.
“We’ll see until the end of the transfer window.”
“We’re asking the acting board to sign Eric Garcia,” Font told the media . “Koeman’s asked for him, our sporting structure [if we’re elected] support it and the player wants to come because there’s a European Championship this summer.
“He [would be] fundamental in the fight for three trophies this season. We know City would accept €3m plus add-ons and we wouldn’t have to pay until next season – that’s a lot less than Barca offered four months ago.
“The player’s also ready to make a big effort and not be paid a salary until the end of the season.”