Garcia £30m tag to ward off Barca
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.”