On September 15th, Mundo Deportivo explained that Manchester City rejected Barcelona’s first offer for Eric García, and the Catalan club are planning to table a second proposal this week. 

This week, Barca technical secretary Ramón Planes admitted his side are looking at the 19-year-old to bolster their defence.  

AS have now backed Mundo’s report from Tuesday.

It’s claimed Pep Guardiola’s side initially asked for €22m for the centre-back, while the Blaugrana’s first offer was only about €10m.

The La Liga giants are ‘willing to raise’ their offer to €15m to sign the defender this summer. The Citizens have lowered their asking price to €18m, but AS state they don’t want to move away from this figure.

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Today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo explains signing a centre-back is a ‘priority’ for Ronald Koeman’s side. 

Barca are having problems in their defence, with Samuel Umtiti struggling with injuries and Gerard Piqué not in a position to play each and every match ‘at full capacity’. 

Therefore, the City defender is a ‘chosen one’ for Barca, as he can be an ‘ideal’ target to replace Piqué at the Camp Nou.

García’s contract runs until 2021, and should the two clubs fail to reach an agreement for the teenager’s signing in this window, then the City player would arrive on a free transfer next summer.