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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was asked about the chances of signing Manchester City defender Eric Garcia and responded to Pep Guardiola’s transfer update. Garcia told the club last season that he wants to leave Etihad, but Barcelona’s offer were rejected.
Guardiola put the pressure on the La Loga side to make an offer if they want to sign the defender this month.
Speaking after FA Cup win at Cheltenham at the weekend, Guardiola said: “I’m pretty sure he’s going to leave at the end of the season. And [whether he leaves] now in this transfer window will depend on the clubs. We’ll see until the end of the transfer window.”
However, Barcelona’s three presidential candidates decided that they would likely wait until the summer to sign Garcia on a free transfer and Koeman won’t go against their decisions.
Koeman said: “We cannot demand that the Management Board make decisions like this. We have concluded that if he is a player whose contract is ending, we must wait. If we moved now we would have to pay the transfer fee plus the player’s salary.
“My position is known: we lack people, but the economic situation of the club is an influence,” Koeman said. “I think we all think the same. If no one arrives, I accept it and we continue the same, but if we want more we must sign.”