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24-Nov-2020, 03:59 am

Barca shift focus from Depay to Garcia in wake of Pique injury

Eric Garcia Man City 2020-21

Gerard Pique’s cruciate knee ligament injury has prompted Barcelona to shift transfer targets from Lyon forwardMemphis Depay to Manchester City defender Eric Garcia.

No timeframe has been set for his return, but a cruciate knee ligament injury would normally sideline a player for a number of months. With that in mind, Barcelona have shifted priorities in the January transfer window.

Depay had been sharply in focus at the Camp Nou, with their interest piqued by the forward’s comment that “who wouldn't like to play there? They are one of the best teams in the world. Everyone would like to play there, but I'm not thinking about that.

"I don't know about Barca. The transfer market is not open. My mind isn't on that.

"I am trying to give my best, to play well in order to become a better player. There is a lot of speculation out there.”

However, the injury to Pique has prompted a shift in strategy - with Garcia now their priority in the January transfer window.

Barca have been on the trail of Garcia for some time, having failed to strike a deal earlier this year - with the Catalans unable to match City’s valuation.

Money remains the stumbling block for Barca. Finances are tight;they are working on aplan to cut their wage bill - and it seems certain that they will need to sell before making a purchase.

Potential sales will likely have to bring in a significant sum, as City turned down a bid in the region of €18 million from Barca for Garcia in the summer.

Garcia could negotiate his exit on a free transfer, as his contract expires next summer, but Pique’s injury means they want to bring him to the club in the January transfer window.

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