Barcelona said on Tuesday they had reached a contract to sign defender Eric Garcia, bringing the 20-year-old defender home after leaving the club in 2017 to join Manchester City.
Barcelona have said Garcia’s five-year contract will begin on July 1st after his deal with City expires. A buyout clause in his contract is set at 400 million euros ($ 490 million).
Garcia joined Sergio Aguero as he left City days after losing the Champions League final to join financially troubled Barcelona as free agents without a transfer fee.
Garcia will first join the Spanish team for the European Championship. He is a regular member of the national team, although he has not established himself in the City team of coach Pep Guardiola.
Finished on the ball, Garcia seemed to be trying to adapt to the typical physical side of the game in the Premier League.
Garcia’s career path follows one of his mentors in Barcelona, veteran defender Gerard Pique.
Pique left Barcelona as a teenager for Manchester United and returned four years later at the beginning of the dominant era of the Catalan club under Guardiola.