Blaugrana have space and funds available to close a deal, but Pep Guardiola’s side will be reluctant to accept a low offer
Carles Alena loan is understood to move to Getafe released enough funds for the Catalan giants to strike a deal with Garcia, with the problematic center-back position seen as a top priority as Barca seek to close the gap on the league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Before an official candidacy is made, however, interim president Carles Tusquets will ask the four presidential candidates for their views ahead of the January 24 vote and, if all of them give the green light, the club will act.
The election itself could be postponed due to complications from the coronavirus, meaning the new president – likely Joan Laporta – may well be instituted after the January transfer window closes, hence the Blaugrana continuing their plans.
It is also understood that Barca will only offer € 5m for Garcia, whose contract with City expires this summer, but that Pep Guardiola’s side had hoped to receive higher pay for a player who is at the club. since 2017.
Still, City are reluctant to lose the 20-year-old on a free transfer and are more relaxed about their center-back situation as Ruben Dias has fitted in perfectly with Guardiola’s plans alongside a rejuvenated John Stones , which seems to have returned to its best. form.
Furthermore, Aymeric Laporte remains an option for Guardiola’s core defense, with Nathan Ake also available for selection.
City could be insisting that add-ons be included in any deal for Garcia, as they seek to make the most of Barcelona’s interest, with the latter believing that despite the complications, a deal could be concluded in the winter window.
A source from the Catalan side explained to Goal that “it’s going to be very tough” in terms of negotiations with City as they fear the Premier League side “are asking for a sum that we cannot afford to pay”.
Either way, if Laporta, Victor Font, Toni Freixa and Emili Rousaud all give their blessings, Barca will continue their offer.