Barcelona gets closer to sign their former youngster from Manchester City.

Barcelona have received a major boost in their pursuit to sign former La Masia graduate, Eric Garcia, who has reportedly rejected the option to extend his contract with Manchester City.

The Catalan giants have rejected the Premier League’s 30 million euro asking price and are planning to only spend 15 million on the youngster. Garcia has been made Barca’s top priority for this transfer window as the club realizes that they are in the need of a massive defensive restructuring.

While Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique have established themselves as the undisputed center-back pair, the club does not have any reliable backup to play when one of them is missing. Samuel Umtiti has struggled ever since his knee injury making many to bet on his departure ahead of next season.

Barca ‘B’ youngster Ronald Araujo has shown immense potential and is likely to be promoted to the first-team for the next season but a proper center-back is the need of the hour. Garcia, a former La Masia graduate, has been named the perfect replacement for 33-year-old Pique and after years of development under Pep Guardiola, could be his perfect long-term successor.

The Manchester City boss confirmed ahead of the second-leg clash against Real Madrid, that Garcia has rejected the option to sign a contract renewal, giving Barca the green-light to approach the defender.

City value the 19-year-old at 35 million euros but with the player’s contract expiring in 12 months, could potentially find it difficult to sell him at that amount. Barca are fully aware of this and are ready to use it to their advantage as they have offered only 15 million to the Etihad side. The Premier League giants are now ready to let the teenager leave for free after spending his final months in Manchester instead of receiving a discounted transfer fee.

Unfortunately for Garcia, the idea of his departure might significantly reduce his playtime under Guardiola who has already secured his replacement, Nathan Aké, for 41 million pounds.

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