Barcelona is short of funds to spare in the current transfer window. Hence, they have let go of some important players to free up the high wages. Club veterans Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, and Ivan Rakitic all left the Catalan club being no more required by the manager Ronald Koeman. Barca has not kept up with other top European clubs in big-money signings facing difficulties with economical instability.
Koeman sold Nelson Semedo to Premier League side Wolves to fetch €40 million. This funding could help them bring fresh legs in the summer transfer break. Also, the Barcelona board is eager to implement a new model for the progress of the club. Koeman is working to sign top youth potentials from across the globe. The Blaugrana already snapped up Francisco Trincao and Pedri before the pre-season.
Barcelona ventures into the transfer market
It seems there is another signing on the way. Barcelona has links with former La Masia graduate and Manchester City defender Eric Garcia. The center back’s position is in jeopardy with the Premier League outfit signing Ruben Dias from SL Benfica. This opens up a possibility that Garcia may rejoin his former club this summer. However, Manchester City are not agreeing with the transfer fee.
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According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona wants Eric for €12 million but Pep’s side demands €30 million. The increase in asking price has been a problem to go ahead with the transfer. Barca is quite sure the player would like a return to Camp Nou even if they wait for his contract to expire in the following year. In this situation, dealing with a lack of funds is a problem for the Catalunya outfit.
Eric Garcia: A potential target for Barca
Hence, one idea to go ahead with their transfer target is to reach an agreement for a swap deal. Barcelona would like to offer Rafinha Alcantara to Manchester City for Eric Garcia. Rafinha could possibly fit into Pep Guardiola’s tactics and strategy with his style of play. Moreover, Koeman thinks he is surplus to requirement at Camp Nou.
There is a slight opportunity to seal the deal with the swapping of players benefitting both sides. Barcelona is trying to bolster their squad in the transition period to fight for La Liga and the Champions League. Koeman’s squad already had a convincing win in their first match. Fans expect him and his side to carry the momentum throughout the entire season and deliver some silverware, unlike last year’s campaign.