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Eric Garcia closing in on Barcelona return - report

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The deal finally seems to be getting done

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Eric Garcia could finally be a Barcelona player again very soon with the center-back reportedly very close to reaching an agreement with his former club.

We’ve been here before of course, but it seems things changed and a lower salary was proposed, which seems to have complicated things a bit.

Anyway, both Mundo Deportivo and Marca are reporting on Monday that the Garcia deal is almost done and he will become the club’s first summer signing.

Former Barca coach Pep Guardiola said pretty much the same thing on Sunday after winning the League Cup yet again with Manchester City.

“There are players even who don’t play any matches. I think, for example, of Eric Garcia who is one of my favourite players,” he said.

“I would love to have 15 Eric Garcias for the way he conducts his behaviour. He is always thinking of the team. He’s always a good face in the good or bad moments. He helps the manager and the backroom staff all the time.

“He will go in an incredible team and when the people say they are unsatisfied if I don’t play, I think of Eric. Most of the time he’s not on the bench because he’s going to move to Barcelona, I hope so. It’s tough, but it is what it is.”

Source | Sky Sports

Garcia will move on a free transfer when his contract expires but an official announcement may not be made while Manchester City are still competing for the Premier League and the Champions League.