Ronald Koeman and the sporting director not giving up hope of a signing

They want Eric Garcia even though the presidential candidates did not agree

Ivan San Antonio

Carles Tusquets met the three candidates for the Barcelona presidency, Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, to speak about various topics related to the club. One of those was the possibility of signing Eric Garcia, of Man City. There was not unanimous agreement and his arrival in the winter window was rejected - he will come for free in the summer.

Despite that, Ronald Koeman and Ramon Planes, the sporting director, believe it’s important to get a defender in. They know the club’s economic position is difficult. They know the temporary management committee isn’t in a position to take on tricky operations.

However they think it’s too much of a risk taking on the second half of the campaign with just Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti - with Gerard Pique out injured.

Fighting in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League requires a deep squad. They hope that a loan for Eric Garcia for cheap can be arranged.

There could even be a meeting between Ronald Koeman and the three candidates for the coach to explain why he wants Garcia now. He has not given up.

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