Manchester City defender Eric Garcia would reportedly be willing to play for free until the summer in order to join Barcelona right now (Daily Mail).
It is now widely accepted that the Spanish defender will be joining the Catalan giants – it is merely a question of when.
Barca are said to have tabled a £2.7 million offer but given there are currently big debts at the club, there is opposition within the club to completing a deal now.
Presidential candidate Victor Font said (via Daily Mail): ‘We’re asking the acting board to sign Garcia. City would accept €3m plus add-ons and we wouldn’t have to pay until next season. The player’s also ready to not be paid a salary until the end of the season
But Garcia would apparently be happy to forgo any wages if it meant he could transfer to the Nou Camp now in order to try and make it easier for Barca to sign him.
Garcia is way down in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, and has been unable to establish himself as a regular since coming onto the scene in late 2018.
City have recently brought Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake to the club, and the renaissance of John Stones has limited him to just eight appearances in all competitions so far in 2020/21.
Garcia clearly pining for Barca switch
Hopefully Garcia can get his move sorted in the next few days as it seems very clear he wants to join them.
One wonders if his performances for City could be affected if he remains for another five months or so.
City can surely manage without the 20-year-old, and young Taylor Harwood-Bellis is good enough to step into the role he’s been occupying within the first-team.