- Sources from the Barça club and Manchester City take the transfer agreement for granted and the only thing left to do is define the ‘timing’ of the official announcement
- The Valencian striker, at Xavi’s request, will see his wish to arrive at the Camp Nou fulfilled and Barça is working to ease outings that allow him to enroll in LaLiga
- The operation could close around 55 million fixed and some variables that are difficult to fulfill
With the squad on vacation until the 28th, the leadership of FC Barcelona does not rest and has closed the signing of Ferran Torres , a versatile 21-year-old Manchester City striker . As MD has learned, the agreement between clubs is a fact due to the transfer after there has already been an agreement between the Valencian and Barça for weeks. Sources from both clubs give the entente as a reality and it only remains to define the ‘timing’ of the official announcement. The operation could be closed at around 55 million fixed euros and variables that are very difficult to fulfill , such as winning two Champions League.
From the club, optimism had grown in the last hours until reaching the certainty that the signing, express request of Xavi Hernández as advanced by MD on November 11 since he agreed to take over the Barcelona ship to replace Ronald Koeman , will be a reality.
Ferran Torres has been very aware of the latest talks between Barça and Manchester City and there will be happy news for the interests of the Catalans. At the same time, the Barça club is working to speed up some exits that allow the registration of the Spanish international with the aim that it can be already available at the beginning of January with the Spanish Super Cup and the semifinal on Wednesday 12 (20 h.) Against Real Madrid on the horizon.
The Valencian winger has never had doubts about the effort that Barça has been making to achieve his signing. The clearest movement was the trip to Manchester at the end of November by Mateu Alemany , football director, and Ferran Reverter , Barca general director, to negotiate directly with Ferran Soriano , City general director, and Txiki Begiristain , technical secretary. Pep Guardiola has known for a long time Ferran Torres’ desire to return to LaLiga and put himself under the command of Xavi Hernández. The initial differences have been smoothed out and the club is complying with what was internally spoken about the precipitation of decisions and news on the market once the last game of the year was played in Seville.
A year and a half in Manchester
Ferran Torres arrived at City in August 2020 for 25 million euros plus 12 variables from Valencia after winning the Copa del Rey a year earlier against Barça , with which the current champion of the Premier will charge more than double the fixed amount of what invested. A good friend of Eric Garcia , with whom he won the European Under-19 Championship in 2019 with two goals in the final against Portugal, Ferran Torres is represented by Héctor Peris , from the Leaderbrock company , who also carries the interests of Barça Pedri. His versatility to act on both flanks of the attack and also false ‘9’ have also led him to be a basic piece in the Spanish team. With Luis Enrique , he has played 22 games and has 12 goals, resulting in an average of 0.54 goals per game. With City he has scored 16 goals in 43 appearances. That sense of goal and his imbalance have Xavi in love .