Barcelona and Manchester City have been talking about full-back swap deals and Eric Garcia, who wants to return to the Blaugrana this summer with one year left on his deal in England.
The two clubs will intensify talks after the Champions League ends to avoid sporting conflicts, but Barça are clear that City’s No.1 target is Sergi Roberto.
The Premier League side want Roberto over Nelson Semedo and would be ready to pay a high price. Barça will listen, but their priority is to retain Roberto and move on Semedo this summer. Roberto doesn’t seem keen on listening to offers, either.
City’s interest in Roberto is not new. They asked about him earlier in the year but then the coronavirus pandemic halted everything. Later, the two clubs negotiated through Jorge Mendes a possible swap deal involving Semedo and Joao Cancelo.
The operation was about to die until Eric Garcia’s name came into it. The centre-back could be involved in a beneficial financial deal for Barça, although City haven’t given up hope that the youngster will agree to extend his contract.
In the most recent talks, Roberto’s name’s come up again. They know Barça need to sell and that one of the right-backs at the Catalan club is likely to leave this summer. continue reading