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Barcelona confirm signing of Eric Garcia from Manchester City

Tom Gott
Eric Garcia has joined Barcelona
Eric Garcia has joined Barcelona / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Spain centre-back Eric Garcia, who joins the club on a free transfer with his Manchester City contract expiring at the end of June.

Garcia's return to Barcelona, where he came through the academy, has been football's worst-kept secret for months know, with the 20-year-old agreeing personal terms with the Spanish side last summer and just waiting for the clock to wind down on his City career.

We're finally at that moment now as Barcelona took to their official website to confirm Garcia has joined the club on a five-year contract which includes a whopping €400m release clause.

He joins just one day after City team-mate Sergio Aguero, who let his contract at the Etihad Stadium expire to seal a move to Camp Nou as well.

Barcelona had been eager to sign Garcia last summer but refused to meet City's demands over a transfer fee. They returned to the English side with another offer in January but were again knocked back and forced to wait until the summer.

Overall, Garcia managed 35 appearances for City over his four years at the Etihad Stadium, earning himself a Premier League winner's medal this season to go along with three Carabao Cups.

His arrival at Barcelona comes as part of the quest to improve the squad without spending much money. Aguero and Garcia have already joined on free transfers and they are expected to be followed by Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum and Lyon's Memphis Depay.

The two Dutch players have been told they must wait until after the European Championships to complete their medicals, so announcements of those signings will not be coming anytime soon.

Georginio Wijnaldum
The Netherlands will not release Wijnaldum for a medical / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

With all their signings coming for free, Barcelona hope to save up enough money to find a way to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, whose departure from the German side is looking less and less likely with each passing day.

Dortmund have slapped a £150m price tag on Haaland's head and are under no pressure to budge whatsoever, forcing most of the Norwegian's suitors to look elsewhere already.


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