Gar­cia £30m tag to ward off Barca

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By James Ducker

Manch­ester City are de­mand­ing a £30mil­lion pack­age for Eric Gar­cia af­ter warn­ing Barcelona they have no in­ten­tion of sell­ing the cen­tre­half on the cheap.

City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola said yes­ter­day that Gar­cia has de­cided not to ex­tend his con­tract and could leave the club af­ter en­ter­ing the fi­nal 12 months of his ex­ist­ing deal.

Gar­cia, 19, is un­der­stood to be keen on a re­turn to his boy­hood club Barcelona, but City want a pack­age sim­i­lar to the fee they paid Va­len­cia for Fer­ran Tor­res, who joined this week for an ini­tial £20.9 mil­lion, ris­ing to £31.8 mil­lion.

Barcelona are thought to re­gard Gar­cia as a po­ten­tial long-term suc­ces­sor to 33-year-old Ger­ard Pique.

City have only be­come aware of Gar­cia’s in­ten­tions in the past few days and will not force him out, even if that means los­ing him for noth­ing at the end of next sea­son. He re­mains un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for se­lec­tion against Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League tonight.

Guardi­ola has not yet given up hope of per­suad­ing Gar­cia to change his mind. “He told us he doesn’t want to ex­tend his con­tract,” he said. “So he has one more year. I imag­ine he wants to play in an­other place.”

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