Barcelona and Manchester City have reportedly reached an agreement to complete a €55 million deal for Ferran Torres in January.
Barcelona have made an official statement to confirm that they have secured the services of Ferran Torres. In the January transfer window, the Spanish international will arrive from Manchester City on a €55 million deal, signing a five and a half-year contract with his release clause set at €1 billion.
Ferran Torres will be leaving Manchester City after just 18 months, but he made major progress in his career upon arriving from Valencia in August 2020. The 21-year-old might not have been a regular first-choice option for Pep Guardiola, but his versatility made him a major asset at the Etihad.
The Spanish international exits Manchester City after making only 43 appearances, wherein he amassed 16 goals and four assists. Torres is now poised to join Barcelona, returning to Spain for the first time since leaving Valencia for the Premier League giants last year.
The Catalan giants have moved quickly to secure the services of Torres, and the transfer fee was the only major stumbling block for them after agreeing on personal terms in no time. Early reports suggested Manchester City wanted around €70 million, which Barcelona would have been unable to afford.
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However, the Citizens quickly altered their demands, with the price tag dropping to €55 million. The La Liga heavyweights were prepared to shell out such a sum to land Torres from Manchester City. And according to reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona will be offering add-ons worth €10 million apart from the €55 million base fee to make Torres their second January signing after Dani Alves.
The transfer has now been announced, with Barcelona revealing that Torres will sign a deal running until June 30, 2027. The Spanish international’s release clause is set at a whopping €1 million, consistent with the sum placed at some of Barcelona’s other key players, including Pedri and Ansu Fati.
For their part, Manchester City have reportedly been quick to scour the market for options to replace Torres, with Mikel Oyarzabal one of those targeted to fill the void left by the departure of the 21-year-old. For now, Torres is set to become Barcelona’s second winter arrival, and it will be interesting to see if he can solve the Blaugrana’s offensive woes in the second half of the season.