One of the main issues in the meeting held by the candidates with Carles Tusquets was the signing of Eric Garcia for the Barca team. The three candidates agreed that he is an interesting player for Barcelona and the only problem was in the amount of economic operation. And this was the reason why we will have to wait until next summer to see him dressed as a Barça player.
Carles Tusquets offered the possibility of signing the defender for 8 million euros. Four of them would be fixed and the rest in variables. In addition, the payment of those four million fixed, or a good part of them would be postponed until the next season. It can be interpreted that these conditions were already agreed with Manchester City, although sources from the English club assured that so far no formal offer from the Barça club has arrived.
The possibility of the transfer did not advance much more. Toni Freixa and Joan Laporta were not in favor of paying any amount to Manchester City now, while Víctor Font was in favor of trying to sign and see if the amounts could be negotiated. But no further progress was made on the matter and the matter was closed there. Barcelona will not sign any player in this winter market and Koeman will have to shoot with what he has now in the squad.
The Dutchman had presented the club with a list of possible incorporations among which were Eric Garcia and Depay, but at this time the incorporation chapter is closed. Despite the fact that the expectations of the signings were not met Koeman assured at the press conference on Saturday that he was not upset about this issue as he was fully aware of the club’s financial situation. If it is not possible to sign, it is not possible. We continue with what we have, said the Dutchman.