Ferran Torres departs, so Cole Palmer will stay, despite Newcastle's interest
The mega rich juggernaut from the north of England will not get their wish in prising England's next big star in waiting Cole Palmer from City's grasps - with thanks to Ferran Torres and Pep Guardiola.
Cole Palmer has found himself making his full Premier League debut, scoring his first City goal and scoring away in the Champions League so far this season - all of which has caught the eye of the richest club in the world. Newcastle United have enquired about the nineteen year old forward and want him on loan for the rest of the current campaign to help preserve their top-flight status.
According to Sam Lee of The Athletic it could be Palmer's time to step up to the plate full-time (for now) with the impending departure of former part-time City striker Ferran Torres to Barcelona. The door closes on Torres' time at City but the already creaking door that Palmer has wedged himself in could be about to fly off the hinges, with Pep supposedly placing a lot of faith in the local talent.
According to The Athletic journalist people at Manchester City believe that Cole Palmer's ceiling could be higher than the departing Torres, which is saying a lot with the latter already a Spanish international and attracting interest from a giant of yesterday in Barcelona. Both of Palmer's goals in the League Cup and Champions League are reasons to believe in the Manchester born forward - two goals of top, top quality and the air of an already established first team top quality operator.
In fact Cole Palmer has been that impressive that he is one of the factors in why the blues' are so comfortable in letting Ferran Torres depart, much is Pep Guardiola's belief in Palmer. It is one thing showing glimpses of the future, but the future is now for young Palmer and it is a whole different kind of pressure leading the line, fighting for the most sought off prizes in European football in front of over 50,000+ a week at the Etihad and away at some of the country and continent's best clubs.
So, Newcastle's approach was swiftly knocked back from City's hierarchy and Palmer will now know for sure that he has the backing of his club and his manager. There's also no doubt at all that the teenager will also have the backing of his largely based city-compatriots who he will perform in front of every week. It is incredibly exciting times for the FA Youth Cup winner and Premier League 2 champion as well as everybody associated with City as Cole Palmer now steps into the spotlight.
Written by: @coIgcra
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