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Barcelona edging closer to signing Man City’s Ferran Torres

Barcelona edging closer to signing Ferran Torres in a deal that could rise to more than £55m as Xavi eyes attacking reinforcements… but cash-strapped club must sell players before he can sign!

  • Ferran Torres is heading for the Manchester City exit door in a £55m-plus deal
  • Torres is set to leave the Etihad Stadium just 18 months after moving to England 
  • Barcelona and City were finalising terms on Wednesday ahead of January move 
  • Torres’ arrival would take Barca over their salary cap limit so could be an issue


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Ferran Torres is heading for the Manchester City exit door, with Barcelona agreeing a deal that should rise beyond £55million.

The 21-year-old has not played since October after suffering a foot injury on international duty with Spain but was interested in exploring a move away after a lack of starts before that setback.

Torres is set to leave the Etihad Stadium just 18 months after the Premier League bought him for just under £21m from Valencia. 

Manchester City forward Ferran Torres

Manchester City forward Ferran Torres

Barcelona boss Xavi

Barcelona boss Xavi

Xavi’s (R) Barcelona are close to finalising a deal for Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres (L)

The two clubs finalised the terms on Wednesday after weeks of negotiations. Barca chief executive Ferran Reverter and director of football Mateu Alemany visited City’s training base in November as they attempted to thrash out the relevant fees.

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The La Liga giants have suffered serious financial problems this year and the move may yet take some time to complete given the arrival of Torres would take Barca over their salary cap limit.

They do plan to offload stars, however, and are determined to present the youngster next month.

The transfer starts with a guaranteed payment of £46.7m and should make Torres the most expensive player ever sold by City, with further additional clauses amounting to more than £8m. 

Pep Guardiola has remained steadfast in maintaining any City player can seek pastures new

Pep Guardiola has remained steadfast in maintaining any City player can seek pastures new

Pep Guardiola has remained steadfast in maintaining any City player can seek pastures new

City believe that £6m of those will be triggered almost immediately, while they will bank up to £8.5m if Torres is sold by Barca in the future.

The deal is likely to just eclipse Leroy Sane’s departure to Bayern Munich last year, which hits £54m with add-ons.

Pep Guardiola has remained steadfast in maintaining that any City player can seek pastures new if they are unhappy and present an acceptable offer from another club.

Torres, who has scored nine Premier League goals in 19 starts, thought he deserved more chances and didn’t believe the manager’s public praise of his performances were matched with regular opportunities. 

Torres is set to leave the Etihad just 18 months after the Premier League club bought him

Torres is set to leave the Etihad just 18 months after the Premier League club bought him

Torres is set to leave the Etihad just 18 months after the Premier League club bought him 

Barca have made no secret of their interest in Torres, although new manager Xavi has been more reserved than the club’s hierarchy.

City have scored a record number of goals in a calendar year and are ready to allow another striker a move to the Nou Camp. Sergio Aguero signed on a free transfer in the summer but had to retire last week after health issues.

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Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez have all spent some time as a central striker this season. Youngster Cole Palmer was also utilised in that position in the Carabao Cup defeat at West Ham.


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