Barcelona want to close deal for Man City's Eric Garcia this month

The player's camp are studying the most recent offer made by Barça

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Barcelona are confident of closing the signing of Eric Garcia, who's available for free this summer when his contract expires at Manchester City, in April and are awaiting the defender's response to the last offer they made.

The club don't feel they have reduced the proposal but have restructured what was on the table in January, with the base salary lower but the add-ons each season making it up.

The margin of difference is minimal and the club hope the player will give the green light to the move in what is a tough time for all clubs financially.

Barça made the most recent offer at the end of March once Mateu Alemany, the new director of football, had taken office and studied the club's wage bill and economic situation.

Alemany explained why Barça had readjusted the offer but made it clear that the Spain international was still their No.1 target to strengthen their defence this summer.

Both the player and his camp would prefer to sign the previous agreement, so they have asked for a few days to weigh up the new offer, although Garcia wants to return to Camp Nou.

They could propose a few changes to Barça's offer, although it's unlikely there will be many major changes at this stage.

Barça don't want the issue to drag on either and give other clubs a chance to step in. Arsenal and Chelsea are following the situation and PSG are also interested.

It's impossible for Barça to compete financially but they have the advantage because Garcia came through La Masia and wants to return to the club he left in 2017, that's why he didn't renew his deal with Manchester City.

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