Just like in the summer window, the January market has seen repeat and conflicting claims regarding Eric Garcia’s move to Barcelona.
With a Manchester City contract expiring at the end of June, Barca considered taking the defender during the last window. The Catalan club’s difficult finances, added to City’s insistence that they got a reasonable fee, killed the move.
All eyes then turned to January, with it being repeatedly claimed Barcelona would first get Garcia to sign a pre-contract agreement with them, and then try and pressure Manchester City into a cheap winter sale.
In recent days there’s been claims that Garcia was merely a step away from his move to the Camp Nou, but that now looks unlikely.
Saturday’s edition of AS reports the Manchester City transfer is off, partly due to Barcelona’s presidential elections now being delayed beyond the January window.
There isn’t a consensus among the candidates to pay money for Garcia now, so as it stands he’ll be staying with Pep Guardiola’s side.