If reports are to be believed, Dani Garcia will be an Athletic Club player this summer. The Eibar captain has made the decision not to renew his contract and reports claim that he has already agreed to a three-year contract with Athletic, with the option for an additional year. The 27-year-old will be a major upgrade in the midfield which is an area where the Lions struggled for consistency all season and need reinforcements. For now, Garcia is still an Eibar player but it appears as though he is finally going to open up on his decision and reveal his future plans this week.
Dani Garcia has called for a press conference that will take place on Thursday at 13:00. Although the nature of the press conference hasn’t been revealed, it seems relatively obvious that the Eibar captain will be taking the time to explain his decision to leave and saying goodbye to the fans that have supported him six years. Garcia could also use the time to confirm that he is signing with Athletic, although it wouldn’t be surprising for him to avoid that and just use the press conference as a time to say goodbye to Eibar.
If Dani Garcia is headed to the San Mamés, he won’t be the only player from Eibar to do so. Teammate, and former Lezama product, Ander Capa will also be making the switch this summer after Athletic sealed his transfer last summer. The Lions have also sealed the transfer of Romanian international, Cristian Ganea, who will join this summer. Ganea was raised in the Basque Country which qualifies him to meet the club’s requirements of their Basque-only policy.
Of the three, Garcia is certainly the most high-profile signing. He has been one of the best midfielders in La Liga for a few years now and has shown the ability to command the center of the pitch and tie everything together in multiple different systems. The fact that Athletic will presumably be signing him for free makes the transfer even more exciting. The Lions likely aren’t done yet though, as they are still targeting the likes of Mikel Merino, Ander Herrera, Asier Illarramendi, Kike Barja, and Yuri Berchiche. President Josu Urrutia is ready to spend big this summer, but his best singing could be the only one that comes for free.