Manchester City are sensationally willing to allow Ferran Torres to leave and join Barcelona in January, reports claim. The Spaniard enjoyed an incredible start to the Premier League season but a serious foot injury has limited his impact in recent weeks.
Torres started the season in excellent form, scoring seven goals in eight games for club and country. He became a key player for Spain in the process.
However, a foot injury he suffered while playing for La Roja in October ruled the striker out for several months.
A couple of Pep Guardiola’s stars have since moved ahead of Torres for the centre-forward role.
Guardiola’s squad lacks a prominent striker but the likes of Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and even teen star Cole Palmer have all been used in the position.
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Torres might struggle to get back into the Spaniard’s preferred starting 11 and is apparently seeking a transfer when the window opens at the start of 2022.
Despite vast financial issues, Barcelona are widely reported to be interested in signing the former Valencia man.
According to MundoDeportivo, City have granted Torres’ wish to leave. A deal is ‘likely’ to happen in the winter window.
New Barca boss Xavi apparently wants Torres because he can play in all three forward roles.
The report also claims that the LaLiga giants, who lost club legend Lionel Messi during the summer due to their financial restraints, may ask for an initial loan deal with a compulsory transfer fee to be paid at the end of the season.
Torres’ departure will be a blow for Guardiola, who insisted that he could be City’s long-term No 9.
He scored a stunning hat-trick against Newcastle in May, which prompted the admission from his head coach.
“Not just this evening, of course this evening was important, but his first season in England and his numbers are exceptional,” he said.
“He came as a winger, but he has to think about (being) a striker. When Sergio [Aguero], Gabriel [Jesus] were out, he was there. He scored against Leeds and Crystal Palace. He didn’t have many minutes, but when he played, he had a sense of goal.
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“Yeah, he can be [a No 9]. We will use him, we used him and he was brilliant. His rhythm, especially defensively he has improved a lot. The game at Palace, he makes a turn [in his season] – so good. The movement he makes as a striker, for the [third] goal, it hits the bar and where it goes, he knew it.
“The smell, the strikers know, intuitively where it will arrive. He has this talent and the first goal is fantastic. Very pleased.
“Maybe I have to think about how he can play as a striker because every time he plays in that position, he always has a real sense of goal.
“He is an incredible signing for us as a young player, he can play in three positions up front, but playing more central, he has an incredible sense of goal.”