Eric Garcia on Arsenal Radar as Transfer Window Nears Conclusion

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Arsenal Football Club is rumored to be exploring the possibility of signing Barcelona defender Eric Garcia as the summer transfer window reaches its climax.

This move comes on the back of a setback for the Gunners as Jurrien Timber faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, leaving Mikel Arteta with a pressing need for a suitable replacement.

Mikel Arteta’s familiarity with ‘extraordinary’ Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is no stranger to Mikel Arteta, having worked together at Manchester City. The Catalan defender, who has earned accolades like ‘extraordinary’ from Barcelona coach Xavi, spent four fruitful years at the Etihad. He featured prominently under Pep Guardiola. However, Garcia made a high-profile switch to Barcelona in 2021, signing a five-year deal that included a staggering release clause of €400 million (£343m).

Despite the hefty valuation, the defender managed to establish himself at the Camp Nou and contributed significantly to Barcelona’s La Liga triumph in the previous season. However, recent developments indicate that Garcia has been made available for transfer, opening the door for potential suitors like Arsenal.

Transfer Talks and Diverging Desires

The transfer saga surrounding Eric Garcia reports that Arsenal are keen on securing him on a loan basis. However, Barcelona appears more inclined towards a permanent deal, introducing a potential stumbling block in negotiations. Moreover, other Spanish clubs have also shown interest in acquiring Garcia’s services, further intensifying the competition for his signature.

Despite the initial buzz surrounding Arsenal’s interest in Garcia. It appears that this transfer may not come to fruition in the imminent future. Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo has shed light on the slim chances of this deal materializing.

Xavi, Barcelona’s coach, seems reluctant to part ways with the talented defender. Additionally, Barcelona’s Financial Fair Play situation, while delicate, may not necessitate Garcia’s departure.

Furthermore, the possibility of a loan deal seems bleak. As Barcelona is reportedly hesitant to accept such an arrangement so close to the end of the transfer window.

In the end, it appears that Garcia’s departure from Camp Nou this summer hinges on an ‘important sale’, which does not align with the current Arsenal scenario.

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