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Arsenal lining up shock move for Barcelona defender?

Arsenal lining up shock move for Barcelona defender?

Eric Garcia news

Arsenal to sign Eric Garcia?
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Arsenal are reportedly planning a surprise move for Barcelona defender Eric Garcia at the end of the season.

The Gunners were keen on landing the Spaniard during the January transfer window, but he decided to stay put.

However, Mundo Deportivo claim that he could be open to leaving Barcelona this summer amid his reduced game time.

Mikel Arteta is reportedly a huge admirer of Garcia and was initially keen on landing his services from Manchester City.

Garcia is a central defender by trade but the Spaniard can also play from the defensive midfield and right-back positions.

His versatility could be a key factor behind the interest from the Gunners.

Arteta watched his development during his time as City's assistant and he appears determined on reuniting with him.

Apart from Garcia, the Gunners are also keeping tabs on Alex Balde whose deal at Barcelona expires in June 2024.

The teenage left-back has yet to pen an extension and he could be seen as a replacement for wantaway Kieran Tierney.