BARCELONA are ready to mount a shock raid on Manchester City for young central defender Eric Garcia.
The centre-half is moving into the final 12 months of his Etihad deal.
Academy star Garcia has finally broken into the first-team squad this season.
But with the likes of Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Fernandinho ahead of him in the queue, he could move to Spain, according to Diairio Sport.
The 19-year-old Spanish defender left La Masia in 2017 to join City.
Barca see the youngster as a long-term successor to Spain international and ex-Manchester United defender Gerard Pique, now 33.
Spain under-21 international Garcia was born in Barcelona and could be tempted by a switch back to his home city.
Etihad chief Pep Guardiola is also on the look-out for a new centre-half.
He missed out on Harry Maguire last year but needs a replacement for veteran skipper Vincent Kompany.
Garcia has been offered a £40,000-a-week five-year deal to stay at City, which would more than treble his wages.
He returned to the line-up in the 4-0 drubbing of champions Liverpool.
That was his 13th appearance in all competitions this term.