Barcelona's technical management has not yet managed to reach an agreement with most of the first and second team players on a temporary salary reduction to combat the negative financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but everyone at Camp Nou hopes that the final agreement will be in the coming days.
While the torment of the people in charge of leading Barcelona until the election of the new president and management continues, Ronald Koeman and his expert staff are trying to build a plan for the January transfer period, because the team urgently needs a little refreshment in attack and defense.
Due to Fatti's awkward knee injury, for which he has a break of at least four months, Koeman has returned to Memphis Depay as a key target for the coming winter, although Lyon has already decided to keep its captain even at the cost of losing him next summer without compensation , and in parallel, they are considering bringing another defender.
It's no secret that Ronald Koeman is dissatisfied with the defenders he has at his disposal and doesn't trust them too much, plus Samuel Umtiti got the amen of the Dutch expert to go in January.
That is why Koeman asked former president Joseph Maria Bartomeu to bring Eric Garcia from Manchester City.
There was no agreement then because City asked for too much money, and even when they lowered the price to 20,000,000 euros at the Etihad, it was again too much for Barcelona. It was later found out why - the club's debts reached an enormous 800,000,000 euros and continue to accumulate as all sources of income have dried up, and one of the solutions to the crisis could be in the mentioned reduction of players' salaries ...
Barcelona, more shyly than ever in recent years, has announced a rather modest competition for a new defender to be sought for the winter. The idea is the following - that it costs nothing, that is, that the parent club lets him on a short-term loan, and that he is experienced again and makes a difference on the field.
The question is that there is enough charm left in Barcelona for this kind of work to be completed only on account of names and old merits, but as all finances are focused on extinguishing the fire in the coffers, expectations cannot be too high.
The idea is still clear - Barcelona wants Eric Garcia next to Pique, Lenglet and Araujo. However, the fact is that Manchester City will not agree to let Garcia for a symbolic amount of money, no matter how persistent the young Spaniard was to return to the house from which he left as a child in order to further develop in City.
Pep Guardiola tried in every way to convince Garcia to extend his contract, which expires next summer, but he is categorical about leaving City and returning to his home club. According to current info City is asking for 15,000,000 euros for Garcia, although his contract expires in six months.
And that’s too much money for Barcelona. So, there are two possibilities - for City to practically give Garcia away and give him up six months earlier, or for Barcelona to wait until June and bring him in as a free agent.
At the moment, this second scenario is much more realistic. Precisely for that reason, Barcelona is considering a short-term solution, ie a player who would accept coming to work for six months, without the possibility of extending the cooperation.
Koeman has allegedly already compiled a wish list with several interesting names - Antonio Rudiger, Shkodran Mustafi, Federico Fazio..