Manchester City have explained why a move for defender Eric García failed to go through on transfer deadline day.
The 19-year old was the subject of an £18 million bid, the club where he began his career with their favourite La Masia academy.
That was just £2 million less than City’s valuation of him, and was thought by many to be a good price for a player who is out of contract at the Etihad next summer, and who can then walk away for free, having refused to sign a new deal with the Premier League club.
However, City’s reasoning was that he was worth more to them for the coming season than Barcelona were prepared to offer.
The Premier League club brought in both Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias from Benfica over the summer but believe that García will still have a key role to play in the season ahead, and he is a player pep Guardiola trusts.
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