Barcelona have announced their second signing from Manchester City in as many days, after defender Eric Garcia followed Sergio Aguero to the Nou Camp on a free transfer.
Garcia has been open for some time about wanting to leave City when his contract expires this summer, with a return to Barcelona always on the cards.
Now, Barca have confirmed that an agreement has been reached to sign Garcia on July 1, when his City contract finally expires.
Barcelona confirmed the 20 year old will return to the Nou Camp after four years in Manchester, and he will sign a huge five-year contract until the end of the 2025/26 season.
And like the 100 million euro release clause inserted into Aguero’s contract, Garcia will also cost a large amount for any club wanting to sign him.
Given his age, his status as a full Spain international, and his undoubted promise, Garcia has been given a 400 million euro buy-out clause.
Announcing the deal, Barcelona said: “The return of 20 year old Eric Garcia to FC Barcelona is now official. The defender joined the Barca Academy in 2008 and continued his development at La Masia until 2017 when he left for Manchester City where he spent four seasons featuring at U-19, U-23 level and for the first team.
“A player with a great future ahead of him, he is a defender very much suited to Barça’s style of play. Captain at every level during his time at La Masia, always with the number 3 on his back, Garcia grew up with Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano as his role models.
“Excellent at bringing the ball out from the back and an ability to read the game well, he has been able to improve further on his skills during his time in England with Manchester City.
“In Manchester he initially formed part of the U-19 squad but his talent attracted the attention of the first team and he made his debut for Manchester City at the age of just 17 in a Carabao Cup game against Leicester City in December 2018. Garcia went to play in both legs of the semi-final against Burton Albion in the same competition later that season.
“The departure of Vincent Kompany and injury to Aymeric Laporte opened up more opportunities for the Catalan defender and in total he made more than 30 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s team.”