Manchester City centre back Eric Garcia has reached an 'agreement' to join Barcelona on a free transfer in 2021, but the contract cannot be signed and finalised until the Catalan giants elect their new president.
Garcia is a product of Barcelona's esteemed La Masia academy, but he left his homeland to join Manchester City as a 16-year-old.
He earned a sustained run in the City first team after project restart and is held in high regard at the club. However, Pep Guardiola revealed in August that Garcia had rejected the opportunity to extend his City contract.
The Spain international could re-join Barcelona as soon as January, however this would first require negotiations with Manchester City.
Although the agreements are in place, a contract is yet to be signed, and this will not be the case until after the Barcelona presidential election. Josep Maria Bartomeu's successor will be voted in on 24 January 2021.
The identity of the incoming Barcelona president is the only hurdle in Garcia's return to his boyhood club getting over the line, with a change in the vision and future planning from the successful candidate a potential stumbling block.
Garcia spent nine years in the Barcelona youth system before moving to Manchester City in 2017. He has gone on to make 30 first team appearances for Pep Guardiola's side, but has largely been restricted to a bit part this season, starting just twice in the Premier League.