Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly both ready to activate the release clause of and sign Valencia wonderkid Ferran Torres.

According to Spanish publication Super Deporte, Valencia could be set to lose another gem of their academy. Barcelona and Real Madrid have both set their eyes on Ferran Torres and are looking to activate the player’s release clause, which currently stands at €8 million.

Ferran Torres is a 17-year-old winger and is regarded as one of the best youngsters not just at Valencia but the entire nation at and around his age level. The youngster has emerged from the fabled youth setup at Mestalla and seems to be already generating interest in his services.

Ferran is a mainstay in La Roja’s Under-17 setup, with 15 appearances for the side and has already made it to Valencia’s B side that plays in the Segunda Division B Group 3. He is contracted to Valencia till 2019 but has a release clause of €8 million embedded in the deal.

And it is the release clause that is troubling Valencia, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both seeking to meet the buyout fee and bring the player over to their respective squads. The La Liga side are finally showing signs of re-emerging as a giant in the league, with a good start to the season.

Marcelino Garcia Toral seems to have got a grip of things at the club, a feat that many before him failed to do in the recent times. The squad boasts of the perfect mix of youth and experience now. But, their youth setup has been struggling to keep a hold of players recently.

Nabil Touaizi left for Manchester City while Ferhat Cogalan is also on the brink of joining AC Milan in similar fashion. Part of the reason for the youngsters leaving for newer pastures has been the recent poor finishes of Valencia in La Liga.

With Marcelino starting to put together a strong team, perhaps Ferran Torres will look to the club as a good prospect and reject the overtures of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Valencia, though, seem stacked on either wing, with exciting young players like Santi Mina, Nacho Gil and Carlos Soler on the flanks permanently while Goncalo Guedes and Andreas Pereira have also arrived on season-long loans. Thus, Ferran will have to bide his time before breaking into the first-team setup.

However, the 17-year-old will definitely be thrust into the setup quicker than at Barcelona or Real Madrid. And with the improving fortunes of the club, Ferran may just opt to stay at Valencia, who seem powerless at this point due to the release clause.

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