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Barcelona ‘reach deal’ with Man City’s Eric Garcia on free 2021 transfer

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Manchester City center-back Eric Garcia has struck an ‘deal’ to join Barcelona on a free transfer in 2021, but the deal cannot be signed and finalized until the Catalan giants elect their new president .

Garcia is a product of Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy, but he left his homeland to join Manchester City at the age of 16.

He won a sustained race in the City’s first team after the project restarted and is held in high regard at the club. However, Pep Guardiola revealed in August that Garcia had rejected the opportunity to extend his contract with City.

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The 19-year-old’s contract with the Etihad expires in the summer of 2021 and he has long been linked with a return to Catalonia, either paid or free.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Garcia has now reached a “total deal” to join Barcelona in 2021, with personal terms agreed upon for a five-year deal.

The Spain international could join Barcelona as early as January, but that would require negotiations with Manchester City first.

Although the deals are in place, a contract has not yet been signed, and that will only be the case after Barcelona’s presidential election. Josep Maria Bartomeu’s successor will be elected on January 24, 2021.

The identity of the new Barcelona president is the only obstacle to Garcia’s return to his childhood club, with a change in vision and future planning for the successful candidate as a potential stumbling block.

Garcia spent nine years in Barcelona’s youth system before moving to Manchester City in 2017. He went on to make 30 first-team appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, but has been largely limited to a bit this season, starting only twice in the prime minister. League.