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June 2, 2021
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    Eric GarciaEric Garcia is in Spain's Euro 2020 squad despite featuring infrequently for Manchester City this season

    Barcelona will sign Spain centre-back Eric Garcia on a five-year deal when his Manchester City contract expires next month.

    The La Liga club have included a buyout clause of 400m euros (£343m) in the 20-year-old's contract.

    Garcia's youth career began at Barcelona before he moved to Manchester City in 2017.

    On Monday, Barcelona agreed a two-year deal with City striker Sergio Aguero, whose contract expires on 30 June.

    Garcia, who joined Barcelona's academy in 2008, made 12 appearances for Pep Guardiola's Premier League champions in 2020-21 but started just three games in their title-winning campaign.

    The Spaniard made 35 senior appearances in all for City, with 20 of those coming in the 2019-20 season when he was a regular starter for Guardiola as his squad was depleted by injuries.

    He has featured seven times for Spain since his debut last September and has been included in Luis Enrique's Euro 2020 squad.

    Ronald Koeman's Barcelona finished third in La Liga, seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid.

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    • P

      Comment posted by paul66, at 08:38 1 Jun

      sign of the times barcelona have not got any money left only signing out of contract players835

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        Reply posted by imado, at 09:37 1 Jun

        "sign of the times barcelona have not got any money left only signing out of contract players"imado replied: Pep refused to sell him for 20 million last season, so Barca can get him for free now, Pep is not working for City interests.3339

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      Comment posted by nick_bham, at 08:32 1 Jun

      I used to love free transfers on all those football manager games.681

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        Reply posted by Neil_Diamond, at 08:37 1 Jun

        "I used to love free transfers on all those football manager games."Neil_Diamond replied: I can remember Taribo West being a superb free singing in Champ Manager.664

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      Comment posted by Half more than Indio, at 08:33 1 Jun

      Breaking News?

      No it isn’t. Known he was running his contract down and signing for Barca ages!676

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        Reply posted by TheNightmanCometh, at 12:04 1 Jun

        "Breaking News?No it isn’t. Known he was running his contract down and signing for Barca ages!"TheNightmanCometh replied: Except now it’s been officially announced.94

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      Comment posted by Finkelstein, at 08:49 1 Jun

      Transfers are coming to an end. The new model is wait until your contact expires and get a huge sign on fee and remove the middleman. Do a Gareth Bale and sit on the bench and milk it for all its worth and at the same time get your golf handicap reduced. Barcelona have no money to do transfers so the new model is the ‘sign on’ fee.534

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        Reply posted by Mish, at 08:54 1 Jun

        "Transfers are coming to an end. The new model is wait until your contact expires and get a huge sign on fee and remove the middleman. Do a Gareth Bale and sit on the bench and milk it for all its worth and at the same time get your golf handicap reduced. Barcelona have no money to do transfers so the new model is the ‘sign on’ fee."Mish replied: If you were Bale you would though eh? I would. £600,000 a week. A lottery win a month. Living in the sun, having fun, playing golf and sticking two fingers up to your boss. Have it! :-)885

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      Comment posted by Quinnyy, at 09:16 1 Jun

      I just don’t see Barcelona being a threat.
      If Atletico get it right this summer, they can win another title as Barca/Madrid need big rebuilds but both apparently have no money to do so.421

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        Reply posted by WalesForever, at 10:34 1 Jun

        "I just don’t see Barcelona being a threat.If Atletico get it right this summer, they can win another title as Barca/Madrid need big rebuilds but both apparently have no money to do so."WalesForever replied: Barca are skint. They have halted all works on the Camp Nou because of it.111

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      Comment posted by NoCLsince2008noPL2013hahah, at 08:46 1 Jun

      It’s ok, Pep gets £60m a year to spend on another defender so I’m sure he’ll be replaced soon enough….5112

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        Reply posted by Chris1995, at 08:48 1 Jun

        "It’s ok, Pep gets £60m a year to spend on another defender so I’m sure he’ll be replaced soon enough…."Chris1995 replied: Well no he doesn’t does he
        But do keep making up facts2580

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      Comment posted by collymonster, at 08:45 1 Jun

      Garcia not good enough, lacked positional sense and struggled aerially against tall opponents. Surprised at the interest from Barcelona,but good luck to the lad.403

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        Reply posted by Ronky, at 11:51 1 Jun

        "Garcia not good enough, lacked positional sense and struggled aerially against tall opponents. Surprised at the interest from Barcelona,but good luck to the lad."Ronky replied: Could be going down the Chelsea route of signing hundreds of players, loaning them out for a few years then selling them for a profit?

        May not be a City or Barca player but mid tier teams spend £30/40m on relative dross these days31

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      Comment posted by Moustachio, at 08:51 1 Jun

      3 appearances this season. Barcelona will be waiting a long time for someone to meet their buyout clause.371

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        Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 09:09 1 Jun

        "3 appearances this season. Barcelona will be waiting a long time for someone to meet their buyout clause."LondonsFinestClub replied: Wow! He doesn’t even have A CL, that’s pricey24

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      Comment posted by Milky Bar Senior Citizen, at 08:42 1 Jun

      The era of the transfer fee is coming to an end. If you are a footballer, why would you want a club to get £80m for you? Why not just wait, leave on a free and get a £40m signing on fee? You made more money, you cost less to the club you went to.282

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        Reply posted by popeye, at 08:55 1 Jun

        "The era of the transfer fee is coming to an end. If you are a footballer, why would you want a club to get £80m for you? Why not just wait, leave on a free and get a £40m signing on fee? You made more money, you cost less to the club you went to."popeye replied: barca put a 200m buy out clause on neymar’s contract. He went to Spanish fa headquarters and laid down the cheque in his name to buy out his contract. Spanish tax authorities got a cheque for 100m as 50% tax is put on elite players. We know psg’s owner’s supplied the money. Spanish clubs well barca,real and athletico m put ridiculous fees on them. They have debts and will want a fee to help out.33

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      Comment posted by JD1111, at 08:44 1 Jun

      Wow, I had no idea this was happening, completely out of the blue this one – how did they keep it a secret?255

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        Reply posted by Chris1995, at 08:46 1 Jun

        "Wow, I had no idea this was happening, completely out of the blue this one – how did they keep it a secret?"Chris1995 replied: Lol yes I get you but it does draw out the trolls47

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      Comment posted by Gate49, at 08:47 1 Jun

      No loss.161

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 15:04 1 Jun

        "No loss."The Spin Doctor replied: How the mighty have fallen when all they can afford are free transfers. Looks like Barcelona will soon be a team made up of youngsters and over 30s.51

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      Comment posted by barry, at 09:05 1 Jun

      So it does not work out and you sit around because no one can afford to buy you.What complete and utter nonsense that buy out figure is.131

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        Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 09:08 1 Jun

        "So it does not work out and you sit around because no one can afford to buy you.What complete and utter nonsense that buy out figure is."LondonsFinestClub replied: Exactly! It’s like they are trying to raise value of club so they can borrow more.71

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      Comment posted by Uncle Ronnies Legs are Trombones, at 09:28 1 Jun

      At least he will now be able to look in on a Champions League winning trophy room165

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        Reply posted by Joe King, at 09:34 1 Jun

        "At least he will now be able to look in on a Champions League winning trophy room"Joe King replied: From the past, yes. I don’t know about you, but I prefer looking forward, not backwards710

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      Comment posted by Sopot, at 08:49 1 Jun

      So this is what has become of the once great Barcelona, reduced to scavenging Man City ‘has beens’ whose contracts have expired.2514

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        Reply posted by Invisibleman, at 08:50 1 Jun

        "So this is what has become of the once great Barcelona, reduced to scavenging Man City ‘has beens’ whose contracts have expired."Invisibleman replied: I think you mean ‘never been’255

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      Comment posted by Battle of the Bottlers, at 09:13 1 Jun

      This rate Pep will join Barca next on a free transfer133

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        Reply posted by Winston, at 09:23 1 Jun

        "This rate Pep will join Barca next on a free transfer"Winston replied: Peps next job is Spanish national team43

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      Comment posted by kopthat96, at 09:06 1 Jun

      The Premier League must be laughing getting rid of all the Deadwood anyway.Barça are becoming a laughing stock145

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        Reply posted by TheNightmanCometh, at 12:11 1 Jun

        "The Premier League must be laughing getting rid of all the Deadwood anyway.Barça are becoming a laughing stock"TheNightmanCometh replied: Yeah, I bet they’re thrilled they wasted millions on him for him to leave on a free.40

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      Comment posted by Invisibleman, at 08:49 1 Jun

      He is hopeless so City are not exactly going to miss him168

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        Reply posted by joecorrigansboots, at 09:30 1 Jun

        "He is hopeless so City are not exactly going to miss him"joecorrigansboots replied: Couldn’t agree more! €400m buy out? Remove the “m” and that’s more realistic.

        Slow, doesn’t tackle, continually puts his arms behind his back so he instantly becomes off balance. He’s comfortable enough on the ball, but can’t defend for toffee70

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      Comment posted by FFCForever, at 09:35 1 Jun

      No oil money in Spain!125

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        Reply posted by Countryman, at 16:03 1 Jun

        "No oil money in Spain!"Countryman replied: And your point is? Or are you just tiresome!42

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      Comment posted by thenestofvipers, at 09:26 1 Jun

      Well….apparently Barcelona are now the ‘best team in the world’ once they pay your wages. Eh Aguero?103

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      Comment posted by Lonster, at 08:37 1 Jun

      They will not sign him from Manchester City as his contract will have expired, thus he’s available for no transfer fee. Facts please, sloppy write up169

      • P

        Reply posted by popeye, at 08:58 1 Jun

        "They will not sign him from Manchester City as his contract will have expired, thus he’s available for no transfer fee. Facts please, sloppy write up"popeye replied: Not exactly free they will pay him a signing on fee. Milky bar senior citizenhas a post up above saying so.02

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