Arsenal are reportedly in the process of pursuing a loan deal for Barcelona's Eric Garcia.
According to sources from Football Transfers, the move comes in the wake of a setback suffered by recent signing Jurrien Timber, who sustained an ACL injury sidelining him for several months.
Mikel Arteta is keen to secure alternatives, with the 22-year-old emerging as a prime target. The report indicates that the Gunners have already initiated discussions, and Xavi's side seem inclined to let Garcia go, contingent on the finalization of a deal involving Joao Cancelo.
However, the Catalans show intentions of a permanent sale for the player, rather than a loan arrangement. Amidst these negotiations, the North London outfit are considering offloading players like Gabriel Magalhães and Kieran Tierney to generate funds for potential bid in the coming days.
Arteta's familiarity with the Spaniard from their shared time at Manchester City adds an extra layer to the situation and the prospect of returning to the Premier League could hold an appeal for the defender.