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    Man City defender Eric Garcia ‘completes Barcelona free transfer’ as he signs pre-contract to 2026 amid Arsenal interest

    MANCHESTER CITY starlet Eric Garcia has reportedly signed a pre-contract with Barcelona until 2026.The 20-year-old centre-back will return to the Blaugrana just four years after departing the Nou Camp to join the Citizens’ academy.
    Eric Garcia will leave Manchester City in the summer to join Barcelona on a free transferCredit: Getty
    A move back to Spain has been on the cards since last year after Ronald Koeman failed to secure his services.
    It has been claimed that Garcia has even agreed to take a pay-cut in order to link up with the LaLiga giants.
    Despite being heavily linked with Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea were rumoured to be interested in the youngster.
    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows the player well having worked alongside Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, but Garcia has only ever had eyes on returning to Catalonia.
    And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, no other clubs besides Barca have been in talks with the Spain international.
    He tweeted: “Eric Garcia has signed his pre-contract until June 2026 with Barcelona since December.
    “No other club has been in talks – Eric only wanted to join Barca.
    “[Barcelona president Joan] Laporta also approved the deal and it’s going to be announced at the end of the season.”
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    Spain international Garcia has appeared in just four Premier League matches this termCredit: AP
    Garcia has been limited to just ten appearances in all competitions for City this term after falling down the pecking order.
    Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are the preferred options, while Nathan Ake has also seen more game time.
    Speaking of Garcia after City’s Carabao Cup final victory over Tottenham, Guardiola said: “There are players even who don’t play any matches.
    “I think, for example, of Eric Garcia who is one of my favourite players.
    “I would love to have 15 Eric Garcia’s for the way he conducts his behaviour. He is always thinking of the team.

    “He’s always a good face in the good or bad moments. He helps the manager and the backroom staff all the time.”
    Before adding: “He will go in an incredible team and when the people say they are unsatisfied if I don’t play, I think of Eric.
    “Most of the time he’s not on the bench because he’s going to move to Barcelona, I hope so. It’s tough, but it is what it is.”
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    Sergio Aguero ‘crazy’ about Barcelona free transfer but ‘Ronald Koeman wants Memphis Depay instead’ of Man City icon

    BARCELONA boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Memphis Depay instead of Sergio Aguero despite the Argentinian being ‘crazy’ about joining the Spanish giants, according to reports.Aguero, 32, will leave Manchester City this summer when his contract comes to an end after a decade at the club.
    Aguero reportedly wants to join Barcelona at the end of the seasonCredit: Getty
    Koeman hopes to bring in Depay instead of AgueroCredit: AFP
    And Barcelona have been leading the race to sign the South American as he prepares to team up with countryman Lionel Messi.
    But according to Mundo Deportivo Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring in his own compatriot Memphis Depay instead.
    Depay, 27, has scored 19 goals and assisted another ten in 35 games for Lyon this season.
    Only Kylian Mbappe has netted more times in Ligue 1 in what has been another impressive campaign for the Frenchman.
    Since arriving in Lyon at the beginning of 2017, Depay has scored a sensational 75 goals and laid on 53 assists in 176 games.
    Meanwhile, Aguero has struggled to find any sort of form for Man City this season.
    The Argentine has played just 18 times for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 2020-21 campaign, scoring four goals.
    And last weekend he issued an apology to the Man City fans after a failed attempt at a Panenka penalty in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
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    Meanwhile, Barcelona are also keen to secure Messi’s future as his contract expires in the summer.
    And it was reported earlier this month that they are preparing to offer him a new ten-year deal to keep him at the club until the end of his career.
    The Catalan side have also been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, although they will face stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Man City and Chelsea if they wish to acquire him.
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    Juventus reject transfer approaches from Chelsea and Barcelona for defender Matthijs de Ligt and refuse to sell Dutchman

    JUVENTUS have turned down offers from Barcelona and Chelsea for star defender Matthijs de Ligt ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.De Ligt has been among Juve’s most impressive players amid a rather turbulent season under manager Andrea Pirlo, which could even see them missing out on Champions League qualification.
    Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt was targeted by Barcelona and ChelseaCredit: Getty
    A report from Tuttosport claims Chelsea were the first to show an interest for the centre-back, whose consistent performances have seen the Bianconeri conceding a mere 31 goals in 34 Serie A matches.
    Barca also made an approach for the Netherlands international after their failed bid in 2019, which is when he moved to Turin from Ajax.
    However, both transfer requests have been turned down by Juventus, who just recently conceded the Serie A crown to Inter Milan.
    Barcelona have been courting De Ligt for two years now, ever since he and other young Dutch talents, like Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek, burst onto the scene for Ajax.
    The three of them shone bright under manager Erik ten Hag and led the Amsterdam giants to a domestic double as well as the Champions League semi-finals.
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    Barca had been hoping to bring back the old glory days by investing in some of Holland’s greatest talents like they did in the past with Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert and more.
    The Blaugrana successfully landed De Jong but came up short with De Ligt, who opted for Juventus.
    Barcelona have reportedly formed a bond with Juve, following the recent swap that saw Miralem Pjanic moving to Catalonia and Arthur going the other way.
    However, that hasn’t been enough to force a deal between the European Super League partners over De Ligt.
    The 21-year-old has amassed a total of 70 appearances at Juventus where he has also registered five goals and two assists.
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    Neymar leaves Barcelona feeling ‘betrayed and used’ by signing new PSG contract after holding talks over transfer return

    NEYMAR has left former club Barcelona feeling ‘betrayed and used’ after signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.The Brazilian had been linked with a return to the Catalan giants four years after departing for a world record fee.
    PSG unveiled Neymar’s new deal earlier this weekCredit: Getty
    Neymar spent four season with Barcelona between 2013 and 2017Credit: AFP
    But those rumours were quashed earlier this week when Neymar signed a new deal with the French champions.
    The contract extension, which will see him earn £500,000 per week, keeps him at the Parc des Princes until 2025.
    And according to RAC1, Neymar’s decision to snub Barcelona for PSG has left those on the board of the Spanish giants feeling disgruntled.
    They report that Barca feel betrayed – and after holding talks with the Brazilian ace they also think they’ve been used.
    During his successful spell with Barca, he scored 105 goals in 186 games and was a part of the MSN forward trio which also included Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
    But he has been equally as impressive since arriving in France, netting 85 times in 112 appearances.
    Prior to signing the extension with PSG, Neymar told the media: “I have got time left on my contract here at PSG. We want to do what is best for everyone. 
    “I have already said that I am happy here and I feel much better than in the previous seasons.
    “There are some aspects that I have improved here. I also went through difficult times with things that people know about.
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    “I have always worked hard and have always been professional, contrary to what some people believe.
    “PSG have grown a lot, the club is more respected. When people talk about PSG, they know that we are in the last four, five or six teams in the Champions League.”
    Neymar has won Ligue 1 in each of his three full seasons with PSG.
    But the club face a major challenge if they are to clinch another league title this season.
    They currently sit four points behind Lille with a game in hand, but are relying on their title rivals to slip up in one of their final two matches.
    Meanwhile, PSG’s hopes of a second successive Champions League final were ended by Manchester City in the last four.
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    Lionel Messi ‘to accept new Barcelona deal on LOWER wages’ so club can afford Erling Haaland transfer

    LIONEL MESSI will accept reduced terms on his new contract to help Barcelona sign Erling Haaland, according to reports.Negotiations on the Argentine’s £2.4million-a-week deal are set to begin soon after a financial review by new club president Joan Laporta.
    Lionel Messi is set to become a free agent in two months’ timeCredit: Getty
    Erling Haaland is a top transfer target for BarcelonaCredit: Getty
    Earlier this month, the player’s dad and agent Jorge Messi landed in Spain in preparation for the talks.
    And it has been mooted that Barcelona’s ambition in the transfer market will be a big factor in securing his commitment.
    According to Eurosport, Messi will even accept a hefty wage cut if the savings are funnelled into improving the squad.
    Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is known to be a top target of the LaLiga giants.
    The Norwegian’s dad, Alf-Inge, and agent, Mino Raiola, recently flew into the city for transfer talks.
    But the Bundesliga club will demand a fee north of £150m – which may be lowered if they fail to reach next season’s Champions League.
    Barcelona were struggling under a ballooning wage bill before the pandemic, which has exacerbated their financial problems.
    Rival interest in Messi is expected to come from Paris Saint-Germain with only two months to go until he is a free agent.
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    Ronald Koeman is hoping to bolster his squad with cheap deals for Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum rumoured for when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
    Also key to persuading Messi may be Barcelona’s LaLiga title challenge following a faltering start.
    The Catalans had the chance to reach the top of the table on Thursday but lost 2-1 at home to Granada, with leaders Atletico Madrid coming to the Camp Nou in a week’s time.
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    Barcelona return for Depay but offer Lyon star HALF original pay packet despite transfer interest from three Euro giants

    BARCELONA have reportedly cut their salary offer for Memphis Depay by HALF amid the club’s economic turmoil.The upcoming contract negotiations with Lionel Messi will coincide with attempts to reinforce Ronald Koeman’s squad on the cheap.
    Memphis Depay is set to become a free agent in the summerCredit: AFP
    The Dutch coach has wanted to sign compatriot Depay, 27, for almost a year but will have to wait until he leaves Lyon as a free agent in the summer.
    According to Spanish outlet Onze TV3, talks are underway with both Koeman and the player intent on reuniting at the Camp Nou.
    However, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, the winger is not being offered the same terms as in previous talks.
    Barcelona are said to have sat down with Depay’s camp in October in the hope of a January window switch to replace Ousmane Dembele.
    French winger Dembele stayed put and therefore, given the club’s tight financial picture, their pay packet offer to Depay has reportedly been halved.
    The former Manchester United flop’s desire to sign for the Catalans will be tested amid talk of rival interest.
    Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan are all described as keen on a move and would offer a bigger wage.
    Depay has rebuilt his career in Lyon having left Old Trafford in 2017.
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    The club are battling to qualify for the Champions League and are a point off third-placed Monaco, who they face tonight in the Coupe de France.
    Barcelona are also linked with the free agent captures of Georginio Wijnaldum and Eric Garcia in the summer.
    But, like Depay, Manchester City defender Garcia is said to have been offered a lower salary than discussed earlier in the season.
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    Arsenal ‘approve Hector Bellerin transfer’ with PSG ‘best placed’ to sign £22m defender ahead of Barcelona

    HECTOR BELLERIN is edging towards a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.Arsenal are said to be ready to accept a fee of £22million despite the Spaniard being under contract until 2023.
    Hector Bellerin could end his ten-year association with Arsenal in the summerCredit: EPA
    A huge overhaul of Mikel Arteta’s playing squad begun last year and could see the club cashing in on Bellerin.
    The right-back arrived as an academy starlet from Barcelona in 2011 and has gone on to make almost 250 appearances for the Gunners.
    But, according to Spanish publication Sport, he is ready for a new challenge.
    And Arsenal are described as willing to sell Bellerin, 26, if negotiations with PSG are successful.
    Les Parisiens have reportedly enquired about the defender to his agent with the hope of reducing the £22m asking price.
    The right-back spot has been identified as an area of improvement for Les Parisiens.
    Roma loanee Alessandro Florenzi and Colin Dagba have been rotated in the position this season, although PSG are set to sign the Italian on a permanent basis for £8m.
    Barcelona have long been rumoured to be interested in their former player but are well-stocked in that department with Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto.
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    Meanwhile, Arsenal will be able to fall back on Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares if Bellerin leaves.
    Chambers has made a strong comeback from a long-term knee injury to appear in four of the last six Premier League games.
    Arteta is thought to be prioritising recruiting a left-back in the coming summer, to provide an alternative to Kieran Tierney.
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    Tottenham interested in transfer of £22million-rated Barcelona defender Emerson but face competition from PSG and Inter

    TOTTENHAM are interested in signing Barcelona defender Emerson, according to reports.The 22-year-old Brazilian is currently on loan at LaLiga side Real Betis, where he has played 30 times this season.
    Emerson has caught the eye of a number of top European clubsCredit: AFP

    And according to Mundo Deportivo, his impressive displays at right-back have also attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.
    The Brazilian has been valued by Barcelona at around £22million, so the youngster will not come cheap if Spurs are to secure his services.
    Emerson joined Barca from Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in 2019 but is yet to receive his debut for the Catalan giants.
    Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side have been linked with a number of defenders they may look to sign this summer.
    Among those is Southampton centre-back Jannick Vestergaard, who could join his former teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in North London.
    The 28-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract at St Mary’s, so Saints may well be looking to cash in on him while they still can.
    Another defender Spurs are said to be looking at is Real Madrid centre-half Eder Militao.
    The Los Blancos youngster, 23, has featured 11 times for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season.

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    And while the Lilywhites failed in their pursuit of him in the January window, they may well resume their interest when the window re-opens.
    Spurs have struggled to establish a consistent partnership in central defence this season, with Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon all featuring at various points.
    Mourinho’s side have come under fire for their leaky back line, which has conceded 37 goals in 32 games and seen them drop from the top of the Premier League table down to seventh.
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