Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the club have agreed a deal to sell versatile winger and forward Ferran Torres to Barcelona.
According to BBC, Barcelona have agreed to pay a fee of £46.7 million – or 55 million euros – with a further £8.5 million in add-ons for the 21-year-old Spain international, and Guardiola has confirmed the news.
Pep Guardiola, formerly of Barcelona himself, added that he is “happy” for Torres, and said he understands why the player wishes to leave.
“If he wants to leave, absolutely no disappointment. It’s his desire. I’m happy for him. If you want to leave because you’re not happy here, you believe you’ll be happy in another place, you have to go. The career is short.”
“When Barcelona or Real Madrid knock on the door of players then it is difficult to say no. They are still the strongest teams in the world in terms of fashion, cities and many reasons. He is from Spain. Barcelona knock and I understand why he wants to leave.”
Barcelona found themselves in financial trouble this year, with Lionel Messi having to leave the club due to their monetary issues. However, the Catalan club will be able to fund the deal thanks to a recent bank loan.
There is one condition, though, as Barca will not be able to register Torres as a squad member unless they sell some players in order to comply with La Liga financial fair play regulations.
It’s understood that Torres, who has made 43 appearances and scored 16 goals for Manchester City since joining from Valencia in August 2020, has also agreed to the transfer.
Torres reportedly told manager Guardiola he wanted to leave in order to secure more regular first-team football after an impressive Euro 2020 campaign, and City have an abundant of attacking players, despite seeking an outright striker after Sergio Aguero left the club in the summer.
Barcelona have told Torres he will be the star of the side and believe he will become one of Spain’s best players in the next decade alongside teenager Ansu Fati.
In recent months, Barcelona have saw three strikers bid farewell to the club with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann going on to pastures new, while new signing Sergio Aguero unfortunately had to retire upon medical advice.
Meanwhile, Torres faces much stiffer competition at the Etihad with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus to name a few making their presence felt.
While Torres is predominantly viewed as a winger, the youngster has played as an out and out striker for Manchester City and Spain alike.