Manchester City turned down Barcelona’s multiple offers for Eric García in the summer transfer window.
The Citizens were reluctant to let the defender leave for less than €20m, while the La Liga side decided against meeting the fee requested by Pep Guardiola’s side.
Barca wanted to bring in a new centre-back and on October 26th, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who explained the Catalan club ‘contemplated’ signing Lazio’s Luiz Felipe ‘in the last days’ of the transfer window.
Mundo’s report has been relayed in today’s edition of Il Tempo and the Italian newspaper states the player can console himself over a failed move to Camp Nou ‘with the imminent renewal of the contract’ at Lazio until 2025.
The outlet states it’s no mystery that Paris Saint-Germain have taken information about Felipe.
PSG could provide competition to Barcelona in signing Felipe, but a potential transfer could only be considered if Lazio’s demands are met.
According to Il Tempo, Inzaghi’s side will not let the defender leave for ‘less than €40m’.
With City’s García still being their main target, it’s unlikely that Barcelona will invest heavily on the Serie A central defender, especially when, with a bit of patience, they can get their number one target for free.