Reports: Manchester City include 'the right of first refusal' in Ferran Torres' Barcelona deal
With the most recent outgoing at Manchester City coming as a bit of a shock to many, the latest news from Fabrizio Romano may soften the blow to some City fans regarding Ferran Torres’ move to Barcelona.
The Italian journalist reported on Tuesday evening that Manchester City had included the “right of first refusal” in the agreement with the Spanish club. The clause allows City to match potential future bids for Torres, with the final decision being made by the Spaniard.
The Manchester club are no strangers to this kind of clause, with it being reported early last summer that this was something Txixi Begiristain and his colleagues had included in Jadon Sancho’s contract at Borussia Dortmund, however, it was a deal City didn’t feel the need to match, with Pep Guardiola’s squad already heavily stacked, especially in the attacking areas.
Torres was introduced to a crowd in front of the Nou Camp on Monday, ahead of an open training session at the historic stadium – both ceremonies that are seen as traditional at the 26-time La Liga winners.
With reports claiming that Barcelona manager Xavi had told Ferran the new project in Catalonia would ‘revolve around him’, it was an offer that the 21-year-old could not refuse.
The Spanish international’s departure now leaves a gap in Pep Guardiola’s forward line, however, the 50-year-old confirmed in his press conference last week that the club will not sign a striker in the winter market.
With the January transfer window often a quiet one in terms of deals for most clubs, it is almost certain City will be planning to sign a striker in the summer window.
Written by: @AadamHaladh
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