REPORT: Manchester City Agree Deal for Ferran Torres

Ferran Torres
VALENCIA, SPAIN - JULY 16: Ferran Torres of Valencia CF looks on during the Liga match between Valencia CF and RCD Espanyol at Estadio Mestalla on July 16, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Manchester City have agreed a deal for their first signing of the summer in Valencia winger Ferran Torres.  The deal, according to The Athletic’s Sam Lee, is worth €25 million with somewhere between €10-€15 million in performance-based add-ons. Torres is expected to sign a contract through June 2025 as Manchester City’s newest Spanish international.

Manchester City Seal Ferran Torres Signing

Leroy Sane Replacement

Once Manchester City completed the sale of Leroy Sane, the search to replace him was on.  City were looking for a dynamic winger in Sane’s mould; someone who could get to the byline to create chances. This season, Ferran Torres did that and a lot more for Valencia.

The 20-year-old Spanish international had his coming out season in La Liga.  He posted 26 starts with four goals and five assists playing on the wing for the ninth-place side.  Torres was second on the team in shot-creating actions with 76 and, of those, he led the team with 11 dribbles to create a shot.

Torres also put in 90 crosses from open play in just 2,200 minutes in La Liga this season.  That number would make him second at City, behind only Kevin De Bruyne. It’s his ability to get to the byline and get in a cross or cutback that makes Torres an attractive option for City.

A Good Price

The price made him a realistic option.  Manchester City have kicked the tyres on players like Mikel Oyarzabal to replace Sane, but were met with exorbitant prices. At €25 million, Torres is a steal and there are already reports that some of the add-ons may be extremely hard to reach.

At the end of the day, what Torres brings most is options. Hecan play on both the right and the left; he is an excellent dribbler with both feet; he is predominantly right-footed.  That means if Pep Guardiola wants to rest Raheem Sterling, he has the space to do so.  We will likely see Torres lined up opposite Phil Foden in a number of games, allowing both to be able to switch positions – very reminiscent to Sane and Sterling in the past.

 

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