Barca gets the La Masia captain back and sets a release clause at 400 million!

Barca gets the La Masia captain back and sets a release clause at 400 million!

After landing their probable biggest signing of the season yesterday in Sergio Kun Aguero, Barcelona has now concluded another important piece of business. Eric Garcia has saw out his contract with Manchester City and will rejoin the club that made him as he spent nine years in La Masia.

The centre-back signed a contract until the end of the 2025/2026 season and his buy out clause is set at €400,000,000! Four times more than what Sergio Aguero got in his contract. Mostly because of Garcia's young age as he is only 20 and has 35 games for Manchester City behind him with seven caps for Spain as well.

The defender joined the Barca's academy in 2008 and continued his development at La Masia until 2017 when he left for Manchester City where he spent four seasons featuring at U-19, U-23 level and for the first team. Captain at every level during his time at La Masia, always with the number 3 on his back, Garcia grew up with Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, and Javier Mascherano as his role models.

It's with Gerard Pique that he has the most parallels with as they both left Barcelona to join up with a Manchester team - Pique was at United - before returning to Nou Camp. In the dressing room, he will have a familiar face in his youth days friend Ansu Fati.

Garcia made his debut for Manchester City at the age of just 17 in a Carabao Cup game against Leicester City in December of 2018. Garcia went to play in both legs of the semi-final against Burton Albion in the same competition later that season.

Now the free transfer of Gini Wijnaldum is expected for Barca, while Memphis Depay is also a strong possibility. Reports from Spain state that the club also executed the buy-back option on the right-back Emerson at Real Betis, with the price set at €9,000,000 and the Andalusian club retaining 20% of his next purchase to the player that was with them for two and a half years.


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