A pair of updates surrounding the transfer plans of La Liga giants Barcelona have been forthcoming online on Thursday.
‘Be a Barca player’
The first surrounds Eric Garcia.
Manchester City defender Garcia is a product of the famed La Masia academy in Catalunya, but departed his boyhood club for England in 2017.
The 19-year-old, despite his tender years, has since gone on to thoroughly impress when handed the chance by Pep Guardiola, establishing himself as one of the most highly regarded young defenders in Europe.
As such, though he remains behind the likes of Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias and the rejuvenated John Stones in the pecking order at the Etihad, it nevertheless came as a major blow for all associated with City when word was forthcoming that Garcia had come to the decision not to renew his expiring contract:
‘He has one more year and after that, he doesn’t want to extend’, explained Guardiola. ‘We want it but he doesn’t want to, so I imagine he wants to play in another place.’
It has long been common knowledge that this ‘other place’ is Barcelona, with the talented stopper keen to make the return to Catalunya.
And, if the latest word stemming from the European media on Thursday is to be believed, than Garcia will soon see his wish granted.
As per a report from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, a ‘total agreement’ has been found between club and player, for Garcia to rejoin the Blaugrana.
All that now remains to be decided is exactly when the transfer comes to fruition:
Barcelona have a total agreement with Eric Garcia to sign him in 2021. He’ll be a Barça player. 🔵🔴
Eric is expected to join as a free agent next summer. Barça can try to anticipate the deal in January but they need to negotiate with #MCFC.
📲 Details: https://t.co/LM0VBxrEcL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 31, 2020
The 2nd update surrounding Barca’s plans on the transfer front centers on Erling Haaland.
This comes on the back of a series of quotes to have surfaced in the Spanish media this week.
Speaking in an interview with AS, Josep Maria Minguella, advisor to Blaugrana presidential candidate Emili Rousaud, outlandishly claimed that, should the Catalan native be elected, he would immediately push through a pre-planned deal for Borussia Dortmund sensation Haaland:
‘We know all the conditions and if we win, the following day I will call Mino Raiola and we will accept those conditions. I have already advised him of that. We have a world-class sports project that is not showing just now, but Emili Rousaud has a plan that will turn this unfortunate situation [at Barcelona] around.’
Mino Raiola, the very man whom Minguella has suggested Rousaud intends to contact, however, has since moved to firmly shut down such claims.
After being contacted by Sport1 to clarify the situation, the super-agent, and representative of Haaland, replied:
‘Fake news! I’ve never talked to any presidential candidate of Barcelona regarding Haaland or any other of my clients and I will not do that either.’
‘If there is a new president of Barcelona elected in January he can call me.’
Haaland at Camp Nou would be special 🤩
— Goal News (@GoalNews) December 31, 2020