FC Barcelona President Laporta has almost closed the deal for Barcelona’s first signing of the summer
Barcelona are all set to seal and announce their first signing this year. And it seems to have brought a peculiar sense of relief among the fans.
Manchester City centre back Eric Garcia finally seems to be on his way to Barca. However, his return seems to have been far more dramatic and eventful than it should have been.
Barcelona secured the deal after going back and forth for almost a year. The Catalans tried to secure his services before the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Severe lapses in the Barcelona defence were revealed after their painful and humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern last season.
This caused the management to act quickly and make a move for Eric Garcia to bolster their backline. Although, despite the club’s and the player’s intentions to make the move happen, a deal could not be reached.
The Premier League side simply were not prepared to let go of the player for 10 or 15 million Euros. This was despite the fact that Eric would be out of contract in 2021 summer and could leave for free.
Garcia made it clear that he was heavily intent on moving back to the Camp Nou. And it became very clear when manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the same.
This led the club to attempt to sign Garcia for a second time in the winter transfer window. However, City found it atrocious to sell him for 5 million Euros despite only 6 months being left on his contract.
Complications again, this time with player himself
It was one hurdle after another as Barca tried desperately to secure Eric’s signature. President Joan Laporta’s arrival proved counter productive in this case, as the new chief, desperate to recover the club financially, set to rectify ex-president, Bartomeu’s mistakes.
The first of his many steps was to reduce the salary promised to Eric Garcia upon his arrival. The parties had already reached a verbal agreement by that time. But the talks of a new salary amount dampened the mood.
However, after initially dillydallying on his future, the 20-year-old seems to have finally accepted the terms. And Spanish outlet Marca confirms that the move is now ‘imminent.’
Fans and experts have underlined Barcelona’s defensive woes too many times this season. And despite Ronald Koeman’s tactical mastermind to switch to a 3 centre-back system working, it is only a makeshift one.
Their defensive problems are far from over and will only increase if not tackled soon. Gerard Pique’s game seems to have improved under Koeman. However, he is nearing the end of his career.
While Araujo and Oscar are great options, Lenglet has been severely inconsistent this season. And Samuel Umtiti seems all set to depart this summer after an injury-hit Barca career.
It is therefore of paramount importance to secure the services of a long-term replacement soon. And Eric seems to be the best bet right now. He has already played at the youth level for Barcelona before moving out in 2017. This means that the player will take a relatively lower time to adjust the style of playing in the first team. However, we have to wait and see whether he will actually move to the club or not.