– Pep Guardiola has handed Barcelona a huge transfer boost after saying Eric Garcia will leave Man City
– The Spaniard has been on the radar of the Catalan club since last summer after the arrival of Koeman
– Garcia’s current deal with City will expire at the end of the ongoing season
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted that want-away star Eric Garcia will leave the club this transfer window.
The Spanish defender’s current deal with the Citizens expires at the end of this season and he has refused to sign an extension.
And the Etihad Stadium outfit is not willing to let him go for free in the summer, hence, the need to entertain offers from interested clubs.
Barcelona made attempts to land the youngster last August but the Premier League side refused to free him, hoping that they might be able to convince him to sign a new deal.
But, the player seems to have made his decision to return to Spain where he started his career as a youth player in 2016.
The 20-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Guardiola’s side this campaign owing to a series of injuries and illnesses as reported by ESPN.
Meanwhile, he was handed a rare start in City’s 3-1 victory against Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup over the weekend. Guardiola told reporters:
“We will see what happens at the end of the transfer window. I don’t think he will sign a new contract.
“I am pretty sure he is going to leave at the end of the season and now, in this transfer window, it will depend on the [other] clubs.”
City are second in the league with 38 points, two behind Manchester United but with a game in hand. They travel to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.
Legit.ng earlier reported that three late goals from Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, and Ferran Torres were all Manchester City needed to come from a goal down and beat Cheltenham Town in their FA Cup fourth-round game.
Alfie May broke the deadlock a minute before the hour mark after both sides failed to find the back of the net in the opening half.
The 27-year-old Englishman fired home from close-range after benefiting from a ball that came off the back of so many players inside City’s 18-yeard box.
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