Barcelona: Koeman hopes Messi stays for 'many more years'
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Barcelona target Eric Garcia has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with the club. The Manchester City defender’s time at the Etihad Stadium is winding down, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the campaign. And, now, a move to the Nou Camp awaits.
Garcia has spent the majority of the season out of the picture at City, being limited to just 10 appearances.
With Ruben Dias so impressive, and John Stones rediscovering his best form, he’s fallen down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order.
And, now, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed Garcia has signed a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are on the lookout for reinforcements at centre-back, mindful of Gerard Pique’s age and Samuel Umtiti’s torrid injury record.
And Romano said on Twitter that Barcelona plan on officially announcing the signing of the City defender when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
“Eric Garcia has signed his pre-contract until June 2026 with Barcelona since December,” he said.
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“No other club has been in talks – Eric only wanted to join Barca, Laporta also approved the deal and it’s gonna be announced at the end of the season.”
Garcia is on the cusp of winning his second Premier League title with City.
And he could yet add the Champions League to his trophy cabinet, with Guardiola’s side due to face Chelsea in the final later this month.
Garcia isn’t the only player on Barcelona’s radar, either, with the Catalan giants hopeful of as many as four other signings.
Memphis Depay is one star on their radar.
Many wrote the Netherlands international off when he left Manchester United in January 2017, having struggled under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
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However, Depay has rebuilt his career over in Ligue 1 and has 19 goals and 10 assists from 35 domestic matches this season.
He previously played under Ronald Koeman at international level and, barring any sudden developments, a reunion this summer is on the cards.
Sergio Aguero is also on their wishlist.
The Argentina international’s Manchester City exit has already been announced and Barcelona are hopeful of deploying him alongside Lionel Messi next term.
They’d also like to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool.
And a fourth target, albeit a dream one, is Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Barcelona are firmly in the mix to sign the Norway international, even if his price tag may be a stumbling block when it comes to possible negotiations.
But both Manchester clubs, as well as Real Madrid and Chelsea, are in the hunt as well.
Dortmund CO Hans-Joachim Watkze recently shut down talk of Haaland potentially leaving, saying: “The only way is to look at where Haaland will play after September 1.
“I think I know where Haaland will play, but that’s all I have to say.
“When COVID-19 arrived, we had no debt. Not a euro.
“Therefore, we are in a comfortable situation. We do not have to sell a player. That’s important.
“The rich clubs of the world must know that when they want a Borussia Dortmund player there are two possibilities.
“The first is that I tell them they have no chance. Other times, I tell them that this is the price.
“So they must know that this is the price, not another price. We are very clear and very honest.”
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