Manchester City and Barcelona agree Ferran Torres transfer ahead of January window
Manchester City and Barcelona have agreed on a deal in the region of £50million that will see Ferran Torres leave the Etihad Stadium for the Nou Camp in the winter transfer window – the Premier League champions are set to double their money on the former Valencia forward.
Various reports from Spain emerged this afternoon detailing the imminent nature in which a deal for Torres to move to Barcelona was progressing, with some initial reports suggesting the transfer was 99.9% complete.
It soon became clear that the Catalan club had briefed the media regarding the transfer with reports from several publications essentially saying the same thing – City and Barcelona were very close to finalising a deal for the 21-year-old, with only minor details to be sorted.
As expected, there were a few discrepancies regarding the fee to begin with – some initial reports out of Spain suggesting a measly €45million (just above £38million) had been enough to reach an agreement.
However, the ever-reliable Lu Martin, who is known to have great connections with senior figures at City, reported an agreement for €55million (about £46million) plus €10million (just above £8million) in bonuses – which was a figure backed by Toni Juanmarti; a trusted Barcelona journalist.
Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News and Sam Lee of The Athletic report similar figures of an initial £46million plus bonuses that will take the figure over the £50million threshold – meaning City would more than double the initial £21million or so spent on the Spain international when bought in the summer of 2020.
Bajkowski adds that of the £8million in bonuses, £6million is believed to be so easy to achieve that they are effectively being counted in the initial fee for City.
Fabrizio Romano has outlined that Torres could be in Barcelona tomorrow for his medical and contract signing, with the La Liga side reportedly liaising with his agents in order to plan a possible arrival within 24 hours.
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