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Manchester City ‘demand a deal worth £31m for defender Eric Garcia’ amid Barcelona interest

Manchester City have named their price for wantaway defender Eric Garcia after he refused to sign a new contract at the club, according to reports in Spain. 

On Thursday, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed the 19-year-old did not want to stay at the club beyond the expiration of his contract next summer.

The Premier League club will therefore cash in on the teenage defender, who was deemed to be a future first-team star at the Etihad Stadium.

And several reports in Spain claim that City have set a £31million price tag over Garcia’s head, with one report saying that Barcelona are close to landing the defender. 

The deal would be an initial £20million fee, with the remaining £11million to be paid in add-ons.  

A move to Barcelona would see him return to the club that nurtured him through his developing years, with Garcia a product of the famous La Masia academy that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas. 

The 6ft defender, who was born in Barcelona, joined Manchester City as a 16-year-old in 2017 during Guardiola’s second season in charge of the Premier League club.

Garcia made his first-team breakthrough in Guardiola’s side this season, featuring 22 times in all competitions during the 2019-20 season due to an injury to first-choice centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

The Citizens lost just twice out of the 13 matches in which Garcia featured in defence.

Guardiola revealed in his news conference ahead of Friday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid that the club tried to get Garcia to extend his deal, but the teenage defender has his heart set on a move away. 

The City boss said on Thursday: ‘He announced to us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City.

‘He has one more year and after that, he doesn’t want to extend. We want it but he doesn’t want to, so I imagine he wants to play in another place.’ 

The 2019-20 season is not over for Manchester City yet due to their Champions League commitments, with Guardiola’s side holding a 2-1 aggregate advantage ahead of their second-leg tie at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night. 

If the Citizens progress to the quarter-finals, they will face the winner of Lyon vs Juventus, who also play their second-leg on Friday night. The French side lead the Italian champions 1-0 ahead of their showdown in Turin.  

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