Valencia winger Ferran Torres agrees to sign with Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has done it again. The Manchester City boss has found his first target of the transfer window in Valencia CF winger Ferran Torres, who sat atop of the summer transfer wishlist for the club.
According to Héctor Gómez of GolsMedia, the 20-year-old, who is valued around £40 million, has agreed to a deal worth £22.6 million with £9 million in variables.
Valencia had some serious urge to sell and generate cash revenue after finishing ninth in the La Liga standings once the season concluded earlier this month. That worked out soundly for Manchester City, which needed a replacement for left winger Leroy Sane, who was sold to Bayern Munich earlier this season.
Pep Guardiola had personally vouched for Torres and asked the Man City directive to sign him and the boss got his wish soon enough. The manager has had a penchant for Spanish midfielders, landing on Rodri this past season and eventually acquiring him from Atlético Madrid.
Guardiola will have to do some major tinkering with his lineup, as longtime standout David Silva leaves the club after a decade-long tenure since first coming to Manchester in 2010. Silva, who also came by way of Valencia, will likely be replaced by Phil Foden, who has carved out a spot in the manager’s rotation.
Ferran Torres completed the most take-ons (54) in La Liga, created the second-most big chances (nine) and was third on overall chances created (25) this season.
An explosive, young talent, Torres should be another seamless fit in Guardiola’s precise-passing system, while adding some major one-on-one punch at the wing, the same way Sane used to do before his injury.