Barça hosts Girona this Sunday at the Olímpic Lluís Companys. They will succeed in this since Míchel’s team is co-leader of the league and has taken four points more than the Blaugranas in the first fifteen days of the championship. In Montjuïc, Eric Garcia, a Barça defender, will be part of Girona’s starting XI. However, Pablo Torre, another player who was loaned to Montilivi by the Catalans, will not be there..
Why can one play and the other not? There are several reasons that explain why one player’s loan contract contains a fear clause and the other does not. One of them is the circumstances of the negotiations between the two clubs.. Pablo Torre’s loan to Girona came in July, when both clubs were also negotiating the transfer of Oriol Romeu to Barça. The young Cantabrian footballer received various offers from first division clubs after he counted little for Xavi. His move to Alavés was advanced, but the Girona option arose and all parties were convinced that this was a good destination for Pablo Torre due to Míchel’s style of play. Barça has decided to include a clause in the transfer agreement according to which Girona will have to pay 300,000 euros if the Cantabrian plays against the Barça team.
However, Eric Garcia’s loan negotiations took place in record time as he was one of the last players registered in LaLiga on September 1st. The Catalan centre-back had spoken to Well about staying. However, on the last day of the market, Barça managed to complete the loans of Cancelo and Joao Félix, and Xavi then had to agree to the departure of Eric Garcia due to fair play issues. The three parties had to reach an agreement in record time and it was decided not to include any clauses that could hinder the transfer..
But according to sources close to the negotiations, another factor was that Eric Garcia did not have the famous fear clause. And at that point, Mateu Alemany, former football director of the Barça club, was no longer part of the Barça negotiating team.a fact that was also revealed in the program “Barça Reservat” on Catalunya Ràdio. Apparently it was the Balearic manager who was mainly responsible for placing the clauses that already prevented players like Abde and Nico from playing against Barça last season.. Mateu Alemany worked at the club until the summer transfer window closed, but had already announced on August 16 that he was leaving the club and was hardly involved in the movements that took place in those days.