Eric Garcia appears set to depart Man City in the summertime and return to his boyhood membership Barcelona.
A transfer again to Spain has been mooted for a while, however the Manchester membership had been unwilling to let him go for a bargain free final summer season.
City wished a reported £30million, after which £10m in January if he was to depart earlier than the expiration of his contract on the finish of the season.
The central defender seems to have performed the ready recreation and Spanish publication SPORT declare he’ll rejoin Barcelona.
They declare the 20-year-old will signal a five-year contract with the Catalan membership to turn into Joan Laporta’s first signing since his return.
Garcia advised SPORT: “It could be very particular to play alongside Messi as a result of he’s the perfect footballer on the earth.
“We see week after week what he does and it’s unbelievable.”
Garcia first joined Barcelona in 2008, aged simply seven, and spent almost a decade working his manner by means of the youth ranks.
The defender joined City in 2017 and loved a breakout season final time period, making 20 appearances in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect suffered one thing of an harm disaster at centre-back final season with Aymeric Laporte out for an extended spell and Fernandinho typically used as a make-shift defender.
Garcia put in some spectacular performances and he was tipped to have a vivid future on the membership.
However, he refused to signal a brand new contract on the Etihad in a bid to drive a transfer again to the Nou Camp.
In August, boss Pep Guardiola revealed: “[Garcia] advised us that he doesn’t wish to lengthen his contract with Manchester City, so he has another yr.
“We wished it however he doesn’t wish to lengthen. I think about he desires to play in one other place.”
Guardiola has solely given the defender 4 matches within the Premier League this season, totalling simply 216 minutes, as he made clear his need to return to Spain.
As he’s out of contract on the finish of the season, Garcia is free to barter a pre-contract settlement with European golf equipment.