Man City agree to sell futures in Barcelona


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Manchester City have reached a deal to sell Ferran Torres to Barcelona despite the Spanish club’s well-known current financial problems. They were able to finance the transaction with a bank loan. It is understood that Barca have agreed to pay € 55million (£ 46.7million) with an additional € 10million (£ 8.5million) in supplements for the 21-year-old forward.

However, they won’t be able to add Torres to their squad unless they sell certain players in order to comply with La Liga Financial Fair Play rules. Spain international Torres, who has made 43 appearances and scored 16 goals for City since arriving from Valencia in August 2020, has also accepted the transfer.

He started City’s first six games of the season but after the goalless draw against Southampton he was transferred to the bench. He then injured his foot while on international duty for Spain in October and hasn’t played for City since.

Ferran Torres has told Pep Guardiola he wants to leave so he can have more first-team football under his belt and with the addition of Jack Grealish to the fold, the manager feels he has enough choice to start the attackers.

Barcelona have told Torres he will be the star of the squad – something that appeals to him – and are ready to match City’s assessment of the player. The Catalan team believe he will become one of Spain’s best players over the next decade alongside Barca teenager Ansu Fati. Barca have lost three world-class strikers in the past year, two due to financial problems. Lionel Messi has left for PSG and Antoine Griezmann has been cleared to join Atletico Madrid. Another City forward Sergio Aguero has joined Barcelona but was forced to retire from football earlier this month at the age of 33 due to heart disease.

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