Ferran Torres, Barça’s first winter signing

December 22, 2021

Ferran Torres will be Barça’s first winter signing. Or the second if the one of Dani Alves, who has returned to the Camp Nou free, has been training with the group for a month and played the friendly against Boca Juniors, but who will be registered at the same time as Ferran Torres: on January 3 as soon as the market doors open. Neither of them, therefore, will be able to debut in the reopening of the League on January 2 in Mallorca, where Xavi will have problems to make the starting eleven.

The Barça already has closed the agreement with Ferran Torres, Valencian forward of 21 years old (Foios, February 29, 2000), who could sign for five seasons, according to some sources. That agreement also extends, in the absence of official confirmation, with Manchester City. The transfer would be closed by 55 million euros and 10 in variables.

Cavani may be next

Ferran will be the first or second signing, as you like, but he will not be the last. He is one of the strikers that Xavi Hernández has requested to reinforce the team for the second semester. The other would be Edinson Cavani, of a completely different profile and age (34 years).

Two free chips plus Agüero’s

Torres can play as a winger or as a false center forward (where he has worked for City and the Spanish team). The Uruguayan Cavani, also a Manchester resident, but in the barrio United, It is a pure nine. The obstacle to his signing, although Manchester United wants to obtain compensation despite the fact that the contract ends in June, is that he must undergo a comprehensive medical examination of old hamstring problems.

For now Alves (dorsal 8) and Ferran (number 25) occupy the only two free pieces. The third (for Cavani or another) will leave it vacant Sergio Agüero, who has had to abandon professional football due to his arrhythmias. Barça wants to free up more places (those of Luuk de Jong, Coutinho and Umtiti) to register young Nico and Gavi and stop being members of the subsidiary, a condition that, paradoxically, conditions Xavi’s line-ups.

Injured since October with the national team, he has only played 11 games this season (7 with City)

Slopes of salary limit

The operation is pending only one question: the approval of the Professional Football League. Barça exceeds the permitted wage bill by several points, the maximum ceiling of which is 70% of the expected income for the season. That is the entity’s biggest problem, not liquidity, already recovered with the 595 million loan granted by the financial company Goldman Sachs.

The LFP demands that Barça reduce the quota of expenses of the staff to process Ferran Torres’s file, who has returned to training with City after overcoming a fracture in his right foot while he was in the discipline of the Spanish team.

The forward was injured in the Nations League semi-final against Italy on October 9. “I feel bad for City and for Guardiola, I contacted them to apologize,” said Luis Enrique when returning the player to the discipline of the English club.

For that reason, Torres has only been able to play 11 games this season: 7 with City (3 goals) and 4 with Spain (4 goals). The last match dressed in light blue took place on September 21. In the previous campaign, when the English eleven was champion of the Premier and the League Cup and finalist of the Champions League, they played 36 games, and scored 13 goals.

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Ferran has only stayed a season and a half at City (of the five he signed) under Pep Guardiola. He was signed from Valencia in the 2020 summer market for 25 million plus 12 in variables, almost at the same time that Barça was betting on Francisco Trincao (23 million plus 8 in which Abel Ruiz was valued). The Portuguese has lasted even less at the Camp Nou, as he went to Wolverhampton this past summer.