Barcelona will sign Spain centre-back Eric Garcia on a five-year deal when his Manchester City contract expires next month.

The La Liga club have included a buyout clause of 400m euros (£343m) in the 20-year-old’s contract.

Garcia’s youth career began at La Masia in Barcelona before he moved to Manchester City in 2017. The Spaniard only managed to feature in 6 games for Pep Guardiola’s side this season but was still picked up by Luis Enrique in the Euro 2020 squad.

On Monday, Barcelona agreed on a two-year deal with City striker Sergio Aguero, whose contract expires on 30 June. Garcia is all set to follow his City teammate to Catalonia.

Garcia, who joined Barcelona’s academy in 2008, made 12 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions in 2020-21 but started just three games in their title-winning campaign.

The Spaniard made 35 senior appearances in all for City, with 20 of those coming in the 2019-20 season when he was a regular starter for Guardiola as his squad was depleted by injuries.

He has featured seven times for Spain since his debut last September.

Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona finished third in La Liga, seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid, and a few of these acquisitions could prompt Messi to stay with the Catalans as they prepare for the new season.