Report: Javi Garcia came close to Atletico Madrid move

Javi Garcia of Manchester City competes with Chris Taylor of Blackburn Rovers during the Budweiser FA Cup Third Round Replay match on January 15, 2014
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Atletico Madrid were keen on signing Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia on transfer deadline day, according to a report.

Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia was a deadline-day target for La Liga side Atletico Madrid, according to a report.

However, the move fell through because City failed to complete the signing of Fernando from Porto, claims.

Manuel Pellegrini's side also wanted to sell Garcia on a permanent deal, while Atletico preferred a loan agreement.

Garcia joined City from Benfica in 2012.

Manchester City's English defender Joleon Lescott heads the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on August 31, 2013
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