Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has urged the club to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City before the close of the January transfer window.
Font claims the center-back would be willing to play for free for the rest of the campaign and would only cost Barca €3 million-plus variables.
“Eric Garcia is ready to make an effort and not be paid this season,” is said.
“The movements we have made lead us to understand that the signing of Eric Garcia is possible now, the club can manage it financially. Ronald Koeman and our sporting structure consider his signing fundamental to aspire to win titles this season. So we ask the managing committee to sign Eric this week.
“Why not sign him? If he’s ready to not be paid this season... City will accept €3 million plus variables. The impact on the accounts this season would be €230,000 in amortisation. How do we motivate Koeman if the only request he’s made is denied?
“There’s a European Championships this summer and that Eric has minutes ahead of that tournament is essential for Luis Enrique to select him for Spain.”
Source | Sport
Previous reports have suggested Barca will wait until the end of the season to land Garcia when his contract with Manchester City has finished and he is a free agent.
The club’s difficult financial situation, which has been highlighted again this week, makes bringing in any new players difficult, while the club will now have to wait until March to see a new president installed after elections were postponed.