Barcelona are reportedly preparing a final bid of just of £7million for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia in the January transfer window.
The Catalan giants were linked with the young centre-back throughout the summer. However, they failed to seal a deal as City held out for a higher offer.
But with Garcia now entering the final year of his contract, Barca are ready to chance their arm for a player who could walk away for nothing next summer.
Indeed, the Daily Mirror claims that Nou Camp chiefs are confident of striking a bargain £7m deal.
Garcia has played a major role for Pep Guardiola so far this season. But regular first-team opportunities for the teenager are limited when Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are both available.
Despite Guardiola’s faith in him, Garcia is believed to view his long-term future at Camp Nou rather than in the Premier League.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman is undergoing a massive overhaul of his squad, with Garcia a major target.
Bayern star on City’s radar
Manchester City are one of three clubs to have a “concrete interest” in David Alaba – but he would rather join Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Alaba is in the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich, where he has won an incredible 23 trophies. One of those was the Champions League last season.
Despite continuing to play a key part for one of Europe’s most successful clubs, Alaba could be coming towards the end of his time with Bayern. Little progress has been made over a potential renewal.
When the January transfer window opens, Alaba will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside Germany. He will likely have several suitors.
Liverpool are one of the clubs to have been linked with a move for Alaba. The Premier League champions could consider defensive reinforcements while Virgil van Dijk is out injured.
Monday’s papers pushed Liverpool’s interest further along, after it was claimed that Bayern had withdrawn their contract offer. Read more…