Manchester United and Juventus are ready to fight it out for the services of Valencia winger Ferran Torres.
According to a report published by The Sun, Manchester United and Juventus, both have set their sights on Valencia wonderkid Ferran Torres and will be going head-to-head for his services.
Torres rose to the first team through the ranks at Valencia, and was promoted to the senior team in 2017, making his debut the same year in November against Real Zaragoza. He went on to make 13 appearances that season after which he was slowly phased in as a regular.
Thanks to Goncalo Guedes’ underwhelming performances this season, the Spaniard has become the first-choice starter on the right-wing, making 30 appearances in the league, registering four goals and assists each. He’s also clocked in six games in the UEFA Champions League taking part in two goals and two assists. Torres’ impressive display this season has attracted suitors from around the continent including the likes of United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona among others.
The 20-year-old has just one year left on his contract, which means Valencia would have to cash in on the forward in the next two windows to avoid him walking away for free next year. This could be United’s chance to capitalise who are in the market for the right-winger, a position that has been extremely problematic for them in recent years. Obviously, they are still the front-runners to sign Jadon Sancho, but recent reports suggest that they are not willing to splash more than £50 million for the Englishman.
Torres could serve as a worthy backup option if they fail to land Sancho this summer, and could be groomed to make that flank his own for the next few years. Moreover, his contract suggests that Valencia would be easier to negotiate with as compared to Dortmund, who have potentially a £100 million starlet on their hands.
As for Juventus, they currently have five forwards on their payroll, out of which three are over the age of 29. They’ve already completed the signing of Dejan Kulusevski from Parma for €35 million, and as a naturally left-footed player, the Swedish international is expected to take up the spot on the right. While Torres, too, prefers that role, he could easily slot in on the left-wing as a right-footed forward. These two youngsters could be the foundation for Juventus for years to come if they are tailored wisely.
Borussia Dortmund, too, are interested in chasing Torres’s signature, as they prepare for life after Sancho. With this many top clubs ready to secure his services, it will be fun to watch this transfer unfold in the coming weeks.