Barcelona confirm the signing of Ferran Torres from Man City

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Manchester United striker Ferran Torres on a permanent deal until 2027 and with a buyout clause of 1 billion euros.

The 21-year-old will be officially unveiled as a Barcelona player at Camp Nou on January 3.

New Barça boss Xavi had wanted to sign a new forward in January even before Sergio Aguero’s surprise retirement, who was forced to hang up his boots due to a heart problem.

With Memphis Depay and Martin Braithwaite both out injured, Luuk de Jong remained the only senior striker in Xavi’s squad, but the boss is keen to relieve the Dutchman and has instead put his trust in academy pearl Ferran Jutgla while waiting for a new alternative.

Torres was always Xavi’s preferred candidate and a € 55m deal was signed with City, where the 21-year-old traveled to Spain on Sunday to undergo a medical early on Monday morning.

Everything has gone well and Barcelona have now officially announced Torres as their second signing for the winter, after Dani Alve’s return to Camp Nou in November.

Torres, mainly an outfielder, has spent a lot of time as a central striker in the past, including this season with City after Aguero’s departure left them without their own number nine.

The belief is that Xavi wants to use Torres in the central role in Barcelona, ​​at least until Memphis returns from his hamstring injury in January and offers more competition for the position.

Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are Xavi’s preferred duo on the sidelines, although much will depend on whether the latter can be persuaded to extend his contract, which will expire at the end of the season.

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