Toni Freixa, one of the three candidates to be the next Barcelona president, says it was an "act of responsibility" to veto the signing of Eric Garcia from Manchester City.
Sporting director Ramon Planes has worked on bringing in the defender in January as Barca look to strengthen at the back.
Garcia could arrive for around €8 million, returning to the club he left in 2017, but Freixa, along with Joan Laporta and Victor Font, the other two candidates, refused to give the club's interim board the power to make signings.
"[Eric Garcia] wants to come to Barcelona and that's why he's not renewed his contract with his club," said Freixa in relation to the fact Garcia will be available for free in the summer.
"The best thing would be for him to come after June. 30, for no fee. It was an act of responsibility to say no for now because there was a transfer cost of €8m or €10m -- plus with the current wage bill..."
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