Barcelona Make Manchester City's Eric Garcia Top Priority This Summer Transfer Window

Eric Garcia
Barcelona make Garcia top target but Man City want to extend his contract | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Barcelona have reportedly made Eric Garcia their top defensive target this summer, but Manchester City want their defender to sign a new contract.

The defender, 19, left the LaLiga giants in 2017 to move to the Etihad. And according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are determined him back during the transfer window.

But Pep Guardiola is reluctant to lose the impressive youngster who has played 19 times for City in all competitions this season and bagged an assist during their 3-0 League Cup victory over Preston in September.

Garcia has established himself as a regular in Guardiola's line-up since Project Restart, starting the Premier League clash with Liverpool and the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Moving ahead of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in the pecking order, he is also expected to start the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid.

Contract negotiations stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and according to sources in Spain, Garcia may consider his future if Guardiola decides to leave the Premier League club.

The City boss is currently in the final 12 months of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and has so far refused to say whether he will commit to a further extension.

In July, Guardiola said that he was confident that Garcia would sign a new long-term deal but Barca remain convinced they can persuade him to return.

“I don’t have any updates. He has one more year on his contract, if Barcelona want him they must call him," Guardiola said last month.

He concluded, “We are going to try convince him to stay here for many, many, many years. We want him, but he doesn’t want to stay, we cannot do anything else. He knows, his agent knows, his family knows that we want him. If Barcelona want him, they have to call Txiki.”