Man City’s Ferran Torres should ignore Pep Guardiola transfer warning about Barcelona – Dominic Farrell


For a club more than £1billion in debt, Barcelona certainly are very active when it come to pursuing top talent in the transfer market. Maybe you just have to sit back and admire the brass neck.


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Reports out of Spain on Friday evening — from Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo and others — suggested Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has had his head turned by overtures from Camp Nou.

Mundo Deportivo claims Pep Guardiola is accepting of this scenario and has told Ferran he can leave if there is “an economic agreement” between the clubs.

As Barcelona president Joan Laporta gets to work rifling down the back of every sofa in Castelldefels, there is an obvious question to ask City’s young Spain international.

Ferran, come on, really? Really?

For any player of his nationality, either of Spain’s big two coming calling holds an obvious appeal. The same was true when Bayern Munich approached Leroy Sane.

For all their bleating about struggles with new money in the game and the dire need for a super league no one wants, what Europe’s aristocrats want they generally get.



Manchester City forward Ferran Torres celebrates scoring a goal for Spain

“If Barcelona are interested in our player, they will start the machinery, it is transatlantic,” Guardiola said earlier this month amid the Blaugrana’s apparent interest in Raheem Sterling.

“Barcelona, in the good and the bad, can do what they want.”

The machinery, providing it hasn’t been repossessed, is indeed churning and Ferran has a decision to make. He should choose wisely.

The 21-year-old is an exceptional talent. Signed as a winger for a bargain £20million from Valencia in 2020, he has transitioned impressively into a central attacker of huge potential, before a broken metatarsal frustratingly checked his rapid progress this season.

Ferran’s 16 City goals include four in seven Champions League appearances, while he has 12 in 22 appearances for Spain. He is a player who thrives on the big stage and seems destined for a career at the very top of the game.

However, there are still rough edges to smooth off. Frequently at City, if he has not been in the goals, games have passed him by. He would be better off doing that learning in a stable environment under the best coach of this generation.

Guardiola is right to note that his former club retains plenty of its old allure but, to put it bluntly, they’re a complete bin fire.

Xavi promises a bold new era, getting back to the values of the Barcelona of old after they were cruelly trampled by…checks notes… Ronald Koeman, the man who fired the club to their maiden European Cup in 1992.



New FC Barcelona Head Coach Xavi Hernandez .

Barcelona will probably be a superpower again in the not-too-distant future, but for now, Ferran simply does not need to gamble his career on a club that burns through coaches and players as fast as it does bank notes.

This summer, Barca traded exclusively in free transfers and could not afford to keep Lionel Messi. Xavi persuaded Dani Alves to return to Camp Nou at 38 as his first signing.

There is a dazzling group of youngsters including Ferran’s youthful Spain team-mates Pedri and Gavi, but players on the upward curve of their career are not signing for Barcelona right now. The likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are well-placed to explain why.



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It would be prudent for Ferran to regain fitness and make himself first choice at Manchester City, where the central attacking role is his to make his own.

If he can do that, goals, medals and plaudits will follow by the bucket-load. Do it for a few years and he would be just as attractive to a rehabilitated Barca and could make the move in the prime of his career.

For now, it makes sense for Ferran to stay where he is until Barcelona prove they are a suitable home for his rare ability.

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