Categories: Premier League

Manchester City’s Ferran Torres transfer talks and related issues

According to reports, Manchester City has signed a deal to transfer Ferran Torres. This summer, following a relatively disappointing domestic campaign, City looks to strengthen their squad, especially in the defense department with a center-back or two as well as some others. However, after Leroy Sane was transferred to Bayern Munich, the Blues are still eye-catcher to sign a new winger for any possible money interest in the market. Spanish player Torres has a reputation as an experienced dribbler after a breakthrough in La Liga, which he has impressed with his versatility in offensive positions. According to GoalEspana, via City Xtra, both clubs have agreed a €30 to €40 million fees for the 20-year-old, but the amount of this fee concerning bonuses is unknown. It has also been reported that Torres has signed a 5-year arrangement at The Etihad and could be unveiled next week. Still, the government’s recent quarantine legislation could affect such arrangements for people coming from Spain.

A good partnership with De Bruyne

Both fans of Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will be relieved to know that Kevin De Bruyne is not going to leave yet. Speaking after his 20th assist in the Premier League, the 29-year-old tried to explain, as he usually does, what is so impressive about his career. “I try to play riskier than other players and try to create opportunities. I try to do what’s in my mind,” he said. “If it comes off, it’s well done, but it doesn’t always work that way. This is how my style has been for 12 years of professional football. I don’t think it will change – maybe when I get older and can’t do the things I do anymore. I like to create opportunities; that’s it.”

De Bruyne appears to be completely functioning in a separate world, and offering assists no one can even imagine being possible and questioning assumptions on what anyone can do on their feet with a ball. This does not necessarily pay off, as he admits, but mostly it does for too many good players at the Etihad. Silva’s game will be even more heading against his Belgian enforcer and schemer in midfield this summer after a glorious decade-but, he can’t do it alone. When Riyad Mahrez joined Leicester in 2018, he posed a more direct threat to the attack, while Phil Foden formed in recent months too much as a forward rather than a midfielder with a sense of target, which impressed Guardiola.  The Valencia winger that City needs to sign is the mold of Leroy Sane, a mystical man, who looks forward to challenging defenders wherever possible. Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, and Ilkay Gundogan can help the team keep the pace of their team recognizable. Nevertheless, the Silva to De Bruyne move will take on the city side next season and takes more risks yet, may yield better results. It is likely to put more pressure on the defense, but as it succeeds, for the back four, it will be better. And the strategy generally succeeds with De Bruyne in the mix.

Other Possible City Signings

Also, Cameron Coxe from Cardiff City is believed to be joining Liverpool. Cardiff supporters had concerns raised when it was revealed that the enticing full-back was found to be unnecessary and released at the end of June. WalesOnline claims, however, that City have been scouting Coxe for a while now to sign his 21-year-old on a gratuitous move to one of his many sister clubs.  A £45 million release clause has made 23-year-old, 6 ft 3 ins Pau Torres, an international center back in Spain an appealing prospect. Yet Barcelona and Chelsea have both looked at him, and who gives the most enticing proposal will come down to that. Torres’ left footsteps will place him in a clash with Aymeric Laporte, but they will require two centers back with Nicolas Otamendi and possibly John Stones leaving. Ruben Dias, 23, has been watched by City internationally for a specified period. He can play the English game at 6 ft 2ins, and he fits in perfectly.

The downside is that his last deal raised his exit clause to £89 m – so, unless his club Benfica reduces their costs substantially, it will not be.

Kwesi Dallo

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