Barcelona agree €55 million deal to complete second January signing

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Ferran Torres of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Manchester, England.


Barcelona and Manchester City have agreed on an initial €55 million deal for the transfer of Ferran Torres, who will sign a five-year contract with the Blaugrana.

According to a report by The Guardian, Ferran Torres is set to become Barcelona’s second official arrival in the January transfer window. The Catalan giants have reached an agreement with Manchester City over an initial €55 million deal for the 21-year-old.

Ferran Torres joined Manchester City from Valencia in August 2020 and has since evolved into a versatile attacker. The Spanish international might not have been a regular fixture for the Citizens, but Pep Guardiola’s influence on his game is evident. And his newly-cultivated ability to play as a striker has helped him establish a foothold in his national side.

To date, the 21-year-old has featured 43 times for Manchester City, amassing 16 goals and four assists in the process. Torres’s exploits and development have not gone unnoticed, which is why several clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, in particular, have shown an interest in him.

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Ferran Torres of Manchester City in action during a training session at Manchester City Football Academy on December 04, 2020 in Manchester, England.

 


The Catalan giants have been desperate to bolster their offensive unit in the January transfer window following Sergio Aguero’s premature retirement. The Argentine legend has been forced to call time on his glittering career due to a heart condition, with his decision leaving Xavi Hernandez with Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong as the only natural strikers at his disposal.

More. Ferrán Torres could be in Barcelona tomorrow for medical and contract signing. Barça already working on statement to be released together with Man City. 🛩🇪🇸 #FCB

Club now working on protocols with Ferrán agents to plan for his arrival in Spain, possibly in 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/hWtXGbdFhB

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 22, 2021

However, neither striker can be relied on to spearhead the Barcelona attack regularly, which is why they have been desperately searching for an attacking reinforcement heading into the winter window. To that end, Torres is a viable target, with the Manchester City forward already agreeing on personal terms with Barcelona.

While Torres might primarily be a winger, it is reasonable to assume that he could lead the line for Barcelona more often than not, with Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Memphis Depay being the other wide-attacking options. And Barcelona and Manchester City have finally reached a resolution on the transfer fee following extensive talks, with an initial €55 million deal agreed.

Fabrizio Romano has provided further clarification on the transfer, asserting that Manchester City will also receive an additional €10 million in add-ons, with final paperwork being prepared. Torres could be on his way to Barcelona on Thursday to complete the medical before signing a five-year deal, which will make him their second official January signing after Dani Alves.

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