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Joan Laporta and Carles Tusquets in conflict over Eric García signing

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The interim president accused the leading candidate of putting himself above the club

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Joan Laporta, the leading candidate for FC Barcelona’s presidency, has reportedly responded to a message from Carles Tusquets, the interim president, which accused him of putting his own interests above the club’s.

The disagreement stems from the proposed signing of Eric García (Manchester City) this winter. Victor Font, another candidate, reportedly agreed with the signing. Another candidate, Toni Freixa, reportedly responded with a neutral tone to the idea.

But Laporta disagreed, apparently arguing that the team had no money and should sign the defender on a free transfer in the summer. He publicly told a newspaper the defender should make more of an effort to come to Barcelona, and that he did not see a reason to strengthen a rival economically if he could come for free.

Tusquets reportedly wrote a letter to Laporta, accusing the former president of “threatening” him, and sending a harsh message that Laporta should put the interests of the club above his own electoral interests.

Laporta’s reply was shared with a Spanish newspaper, and it reads, in part: ‘’I am sorry that you have considered my good faith requests, reflections, suggestions, proposals and warnings as threats. It couldn’t be further from my intention.”

García’s signing this transfer window is up in the air and Laporta could be one of the people who holds it up. Is he making the right choice?