Arsenal in the battle to sign €20m-rated Premier League defender

Arsenal and Chelsea are plotting to hijack Barcelona’s move to secure the transfer of Eric Garcia from PL leaders Man City in the summer. Spain international, a product of Blaugrana’s famed La Masia academy, made the switch to Man City in 2017 and soon found himself knocking on the first-team doors.

While Eric made his senior debut for the Cityzens in 2018, the centre-back has not been able to nail down a starting berth at the Etihad Stadium. Garcia has played only 33 first-team games for Man City and was pushed further down the pecking order following the arrivals of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake last summer.

With his deal running out at the end of the campaign, Blaugrana acted swiftly to try and re-sign their former trainee on a free transfer. In fact, reports have claimed that La Liga giants have already reached a pre-contract agreement with the 20-year-old defender over a summer switch.

However, that may not yet be set in stone as Blaugrana’s financial conditions have led to them changing the terms of the agreement that was initially agreed upon. The Catalan giants are now pushing the Spanish centre-back to accept a lower base salary with the rest made up in performance-related add-ons.

This has now opened the door for other teams to make a swoop, with Arsenal and Chelsea intending to do just that, having earlier made approaches to secure his signing from Man City. Gunners have many defenders on their books as it is, factoring in ones like Konstantinos Mavropanos and William Saliba that are out on loan.