29 July 2020 20:41
Manchester City have agreed an initial fee with Valencia for highly rated 20-year-old winger Ferran Torres. Stats Perform News understands the Spain Under-21 international will cost City £21.2million (€23m), plus further add-ons. Talks between the clubs are on-going, with an agreement on the wider terms of the deal thought to be close. Scroll to continue with content Ad Ferran is considered one of Spain's most promising young players, having come through Valencia's academy and making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2017. A talented and direct winger capable of playing on either flank, though preferring to operate from the right, Ferran enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019-20.
Having made 24 LaLiga appearances in 2018-19, Ferran had even greater exposure to first-team football this term due to injuries, taking full advantage of Goncalo Guedes' long-term absence as he featured 34 times domestically. He scored four goals and set up another five in LaLiga, while his Champions League strike against Lille in November made him the first player born in 2000 to net in the competition for a Spanish club. Ferran's contract with Valencia was said to contain a €100m release clause, but he had stalled on signing fresh terms, meaning Los Che were never likely to hold out for such a fee given his deal was due to expire next year. With Valencia failing to qualify for European football next season after a disappointing 2019-20, their final bargaining chip was essentially lost and City have moved swiftly to secure the youngster's future. City were linked to several young wingers after Leroy Sane's move to Bayern Munich was confirmed at the start of July, with Ferran ultimately emerging from the pack.
While perhaps not a like-for-like replacement, Pep Guardiola's club will believe they have got themselves a bargain and pulled off a significant coup in landing Ferran, who had also attracted interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool. Pep Guardiola is close to making his first signing of the summer after Manchester City agreed an initial £20.9 million fee with Valencia for the highly rated Spain Under-21 winger, Ferran Torres. City had lined up Torres as their first choice replacement for Leroy Sane, who left for Bayern Munich this month, and moved quickly to secure a deal amid widespread interest from across Europe in the 20-year-old. Although Torres has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Valencia and wanted to leave, it still represents an impressive piece of business from City, who could now step up interest in the Bournemouth defender, Nathan Ake. Valencia are in line to receive a number of add-ons worth as much as 12 million euros (£10.9 million), which could value the total deal at around £31.8 million — still a relatively small fee for one of the continent's most promising young wide players. City are in the process of ironing out the final details of the transfer, although these are expected to be a formality. Torres, who had made clear his desire to play Guardiola, is expected to sign a five-year contract with the club. Peter Lim, the Valencia owner, has needed to sell players to raise funds due to the Covid-19 crisis and the club's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League. City have been locked in talks over a fee for Torres and a breakthrough is finally understood to have come on Wednesday as an agreement was struck in principle with Valencia. At the same time as holding talks over Torres, discussions have also been had over Yangel Herrera, the Venezuela midfielder whom Valencia are keen to sign from City. Herrera has impressed on loan at Granada this season. The prospective deal for Torres is an early victory for City in what is expected to be a busy summer for the club. Txiki Begiristain, the City director of football, had vowed to move quickly in the market after the transfer window formally opened on Monday and he has stayed true to his word, with the club wasting little time to bring in a replacement for Sane, whom they sold to Bayern for a projected £54.8 million fee on July 3. Guardiola wants at least three signings this summer after surrendering the Premier League title too easily to Liverpool this season and was keen to bolster his attack following Sane's departure. Torres had been linked with a host of top clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool. Those who have worked with Torres have likened his technical ability and intelligence to the former Arsenal winger Robert Pires, albeit with considerably more pace than the Frenchman. He tends to play on the right but can operate on both flanks and is comfortable coming inside and going outside and managed six goals and eight assists in 44 games for Valencia this season. City have had talks with Bournemouth about Ake, who could be available for a cut-price fee after it emerged that the centre-half does not have a relegation clause in his contract. Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the Dutchman. Guardiola could sign two central defenders and also wants a left back.