Barcelona's three plans regarding the signing of Man City's Eric Garcia

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The defender is out of contract in the summer but Koeman wants him to sign this month

Albert Masnou

Will Barcelona sign Eric Garcia now so that he comes for free in June? Will they sign Eric Garcia now to negotiate a transfer fee with Manchester City for him to arrive this month? Will they wait until a new president is elected in March to continue negotiating with the player? Will they expose themselves to the risk of the player signing for another club given he's available for free in the summer? Eric Garcia is in limbo because of the lack of governance at FC Barcelona.

Acting president Carles Tusquets will meet with the three candidates for the presidency on Wednesday -- Toni Freixa, Joan Laporta and Victor Font -- to discuss various issues surrounding the club, especially the date of the election, but also to decide what path to take with the Man City defender, whose contract is up on June 30.

With a market value of 20 million euros, Josep Maria Bartomeu reached an agreement with Garcia but didn't manage to get City to drop their financial demands. Therefore, the signing was delayed until January and now the lack of a president has left the player in limbo.

In the previous meeting with Tusquets, the three candidates decided not to pay City a free now (around five million euros) due to the club's delicate financial situation. However, they could re-open the debate on Wednesday, with coach Ronald Koeman especially keen for the deal to happen this month.

Eric Garcia hasn't played much this season and an injury has left him on the sidelines recently. Coach Pep Guardiola said he would be out for "two or three weeks" but so far he has missed 10 matches.

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