Guardiola Back In Barcelona To Hijack The Most Promising La Masia Talent

Nagendra / 28 June 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola returns to his home city Barcelona as he is set to finalize the deal for young prodigy Eric Garcia, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ever since Guardiola left the club back in 2012, he has often looked back to his former employers to find his transfer targets.

The Catalan, first trued to convince Brazilian Neymar’s father in moving his son to Bayern Munich during his sabbatical time in New York.

However, he had failed in his pursuit for a young Neymar back then but managed to sign Thiago Alacantra from the club in the summer of 2013.

The German giants have got the best out of Thiago as he is one of the two best midfielders in the world at the moment and a player that Barca are currently missing in their team.

Considering the fact that he got Thiago for a mere €25 million shows his transfer tactics in the market. He took the advantage of a clause in the Spaniard’s contract with Barca which had ensured he could be signed for a lesser price before a particular date.

He did not return to Barca to sign any players during his time at Allianz Arena. However, his interest in signing Barca players have increased since taking over at Manchester City.

He made multiple attempts to lure players from Camp Nou which also include speculations over Messi deal, which was not successful though.

Last summer, both City and Barca fought for Nolito, which Guardiola again won. He also managed to bring in Claudio Bravo from Camp Nou for last season.

Now, in his third Barca player signing since leaving Camp Nou, Pep has set his sights on La Masia prodigy Eric Garcia who will be signing to City’s academy.

He is considered as one of the bright prospects in the academy and City have offered £1.6m to ensure that the deal is close to completion.

The 16-year old plays as a central defender and can also play as a right back based on the team’s needs. It remains to be seen if Eric Garcia would make an impacts during his time at Etihad.