Guardiola admits Garcia could leave this month
Pep Guardiola is unsure whether Eric Garcia will still be a Manchester City player by the end of the transfer window.
Garcia is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium after rejecting a new deal last summer.
The 20-year-old, who came through Barcelona’s academy before joining City in 2017, is now entitled to speak with other clubs and Guardiola admits he could depart this month.
Asked if that might happen, the Manchester City boss said: “I hope not, but maybe someone from Barcelona knows more than me.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but maybe it’s going to happen.”
Garcia is one of Barcelona’s top three transfer targets along with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum and Lyon forward Memphis Depay.
However, they are not expected to make any new additions until the outcome of the presidential election on January 24.
Garcia is at least back in contention to play this weekend after returning to training following a spell in isolation with coronavirus. City host Crystal Palace on Sunday evening, live on Sky Sports.
Defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are out injured and striker Sergio Aguero is still isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Guardiola said: “I think Eric Garcia will (be) back. Nathan and Ayme are still not fit, Sergio I don’t think so. The rest I think are okay.”