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Barcelona 'want Pau Torres if Eric Garcia bid fails'

Barcelona 'want Pau Torres if Eric Garcia bid fails'
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Barcelona identify Villarreal's Pau Torres as an alternative to Manchester City's Eric Garcia, according to a report.

Barcelona will reportedly attempt to sign Villarreal's Pau Torres this summer if they are unable to secure a deal for Manchester City's Eric Garcia.

The Catalan giants are said to be keen to acquire a new central defender ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and Garcia has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou.

According to Marca, the Spaniard will soon make a decision over a potential new deal with City, who have used him on a number of occasions since the lockdown period.

The report claims that Barca have a contingency plan, though, with Torres identified as the ideal signing should a deal for Garcia fail to materialise in the coming weeks.

Torres enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 campaign for the Yellow Submarine, contributing two goals and two assists in 36 appearances in all competitions.

The Spain international, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Man City, is believed to have a €50m (£45.6m) release clause in his current deal, which is due to run until the summer of 2023.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (3.15am-6.10am)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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