FC Barcelona, on Tuesday, confirmed the signing of Ferran Torres from English champions Manchester City for a reported fee of € 55 million, plus € 10 million add-ons. The 21-year-old Spanish international’s contract is till 2027 and will have a € 1 billion release clause. Barcelona will pay the fee to City in four installments; a major respite for the club, taking into account the precarious financial situation.
For Xavi, the addition of Torres in the squad would be a huge boost, considering his versatility in the attacking positions. Torres can play on both wings and has also featured as a false 9 in Pep Guardiola’s City team. Torres’s contributions would be key for Barcelona, as the club aims to build the core for the future with the likes of Gavi, Pedri, Fati, Nico, Eric Garcia, and now, Torres.
Moreover, he is a vital cog in Luis Enrique’s Spanish side, scoring 12 goals in 22 appearances for La Roja, including the stunning hat-trick against Germany in November 2020.
Torres joined City in August 2020 from Valencia for € 23 million. He, though, struggled to stamp his name as a regular in Guardiola’s side, which boasts of a plethora of talent and stiff competition for places. He managed 43 appearances for the Citizens and scored 16 goals during his spell there.
Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain said,
"“Last season was his first time in a new country, but he adapted well. He always gave 100%, worked hard for the team, and scored goals which helped us win trophies.“Injury, unfortunately, prevented him from playing more games this season, but Ferran is a player we have all enjoyed working with, and we wish him all the best at Barcelona and for the rest of his career.”Source- ESPN"
Ferran Torres fractured his foot in October against Italy in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals, where he scored a brace and has not featured since. He is expected to make his debut for Barcelona in mid-January.