Barcelona are awaiting a response from Manchester City after submitting a €10m bid for defender Eric Garcia, while they are also interested in signing full-back Angelino.
Highly-rated centre-back Garcia is a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, but made the switch to Man City aged 16. His contract expires in the summer of 2021, and he has opted not to sign an extension despite City offering to quadruple his wages in the face of interest from his former club.
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Barcelona are interested in bringing him back to strengthen their defensive options, with new manager Ronald Koeman clearly set to do something in the coming weeks and months. The future of Catalan legend Gerard Pique is currently in doubt and Garcia is being touted as his long-term replacement.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the club are unwilling to overpay for Garcia as they know they won’t be able to sign him for anything next summer, and hope to land him on the cheap. have been.
Barcelona have inquired about @ManCity defender Angelino. A €30m option to buy RB Leipzig on loan just expired. Ronald Koeman is looking for new players.
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Barcelona are awaiting a response from City, and if their bid is rejected, they plan to return towards the latter stages of the summer transfer window.
Angelino, meanwhile, will cost just over €10m. The Spanish left-back has spent the season out on loan with Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig, although they failed to activate the buy-out clause they entered into on his loan before it expired.
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City are open to a sale though, with multiple reports – including the BBC – suggesting City are looking for around €30m to let him go. He made 12 appearances for the City first team last season before moving to Germany in January, although his parent club have decided he is available at the right price.
The former Premier League champions stand to make a healthy profit on the 23-year-old, although they bought him back from PSV Eindhoven for £5.3m in 2018.