FC Barcelona is actively looking to strengthen its defence, especially after the Champions League disaster in Lisbon. The club is currently working on the exit of Nelson Semedo, and expects to raise €40 million from the Portuguese ready to use in the summer transfer market. The Catalan club has two defenders on its radar: Ajax youngster Sergino Dest and La Masia graduate Eric Garcia.
Eric Garcia has been on Barcelona’s radar for a long time now, but since Manchester City never wanted to sell the 19-year-old, official contacts had not taken place. However, Garcia communicated that he will not renew his contract with the English club, and is looking for an exit. Reports from Barcelona claim that the Spanish defender wants to move to the Catalan club and revive his old days.
Manchester City has set a price tag of €18 million for Garcia, but Barcelona is still trying to lower his price. Both parties know that the youngster will be able to leave for free next year, so while City does not want to risk losing him without raising money on him, Barça does not want to overpay either.
While Bayern Munich is actively working to sign Sergino Dest, Ajax has refused Bayern’s first bid for the player. Even though they are still fighting for the 19-year-old, Barcelona will be back in the race once Semedo’s departure is finalized.
Barcelona is lucky that Dest is a great admirer of the Catalan club, but if Bayern will overpay for the right-back, Ajax would probably not hesitate to sell the player.