Barcelona presidential candidates fail to agree on deal for Man City’s Eric Garcia

Barcelona will not budge for Manchester City center-back Eric Garcia in January after the club’s three presidential candidates failed to agree on whether to continue the deal.

Garcia is one of Barca’s main targets and the club are ready to wait until the summer to sign him for a free transfer once his contract expires, but club officials would like to bring him in a little earlier to help him. at once.

The problem for Barcelona is that all transfer activities will be left to the new president, who was initially to be decided in the January 24 elections. These elections have now been delayed, which means there will be no permanent president until the winter close. transfer window.

According to Marca, interim boss Carles Tusquets met with the three candidates, Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa, to see if the three would be happy for him to pull the trigger on Garcia now, but the responses didn’t match.

Only Font was in favor of Tusquets’ offer to sign Garcia for a total of £ 7million, with Laporta and Freixa turning their noses on the idea. It is not clear whether they would rather wait and sign him for free or if they are simply against the idea of ​​landing Garcia.

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Laporta refused to sign Garcia | LLUIS GENE / Getty Images

Because the trio couldn’t get along, Tusquets will not be chasing the defender and Barcelona are not expected to make any more signing until the delayed elections are held on March 7.

Manager Ronald Koeman has already confessed his desire to see the club sign a new striker this month, but said on Saturday: “If it is not possible to sign players, it is not possible. We will continue with what we have. ”

Barcelona are believed not to have enough money in the bank to make a real splash this month, so club officials will instead wait until summer to pursue their main goals.

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Koeman will have to be content with his current squad | Quality sports images / Getty Images

Alongside Garcia, decisions will need to be made regarding Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Lyon striker Memphis Depay, who will also be available on free transfers unless they can agree on new deals with their current clubs.

Koeman is keen to attract the three players and would ideally like them as soon as possible, but he’s going to have to be patient.

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