Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia recently, and the Spanish defender could prove to be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
However, it seems that he was not willing to sign a new contract with the club, as he refused City’s offer and made it clear that he wanted to leave, with it also suggested that the Citizens would demand £30 million for his services.
This was in the summer, however, and you imagine that as we get closer to his contract expiring, his value will decrease dramatically, especially as Barcelona could begin negotiations with him in January with the view to signing him on a free transfer.
Therefore, despite Liverpool being direct rivals in the Premier League, City may well be tempted to sell to the Merseyside club in January at a cut-price deal, rather than potentially receiving nothing for him if he were to re-join Barcelona.
Whilst Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips have impressed filling in at centre-back this season, the injury-prone nature of Joel Matip suggests that Klopp could continue to be short of defensive options throughout the season unless the Reds add to their squad in next month’s transfer window.
Therefore, completing a deal for the £18 million rated Garcia would make a lot of sense, as he has already shown his ability to play at the very top with Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola was full of praise for the young defender earlier this year, saying:
“He doesn’t make mistakes, he’s always focused and this game we knew we would play against dynamic, fast players.”
Liverpool would definitely be signing a player who is already capable of playing in the Premier League and is still just 19-years-old, so it would be a great piece of business from Michael Edwards if he could seal a bargain deal for the City ace in January.