After the Manchester City striker’s exit has been imminent (football transfer news), Ferran Torres’ move to Barcelona sees a delay. Ferran Torres’ transfer worth around €55 million (£46m/$62m) to Barcelona from Manchester City has been postponed due to bureaucratic problems.
Barca reached an agreement to sign Torres last week. The Catalan club decided to target Torres because of new Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez.
Xavi is eager to add greater depth to his attacking ranks to boost chances of finishing in La Liga’s top-four. The coach, himself a former Barca legend, hopes Torres will help pick up a trophy in the season’s second half.
Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele is still struggling for fitness and summer signing Memphis Depay is failing to live up to expectations. Amidst all this, Torres could add much-needed stability to Barca’s front line.
The Spain international, after all, has previous experience in La Liga from his three-year stint at Valencia.
He has subsequently also proved he can perform at the highest level – Premier League and Champions League – with Manchester City.
Football Transfer News – Ferran Torres’ Move to Barcelona Sees a Delay
Torres is likely to sign a five-year deal, and even undergoing medicals (football today), but the move isn’t yet official. This delay is despite his successful medical at the club’s training ground, on the Nou Camp, on Monday, yesterday.
Barca organised Torres’ unveiling to take place at Camp Nou on Tuesday. And a final deal in place could end up being worth a grand total of €65m (£55m/$74m), which included add-ons.
In light of all this, the Liga giants had hoped to officially confirm the 21-year-old’s signing ahead of his presentation.
But Goal.com reports Barcelona and Manchester City have yet to send and receive all necessary documents corresponding to the move.
Barca have denied that the hold-up is a result of Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns despite their further extension of La Liga’s wage restrictions.
Finally, as things stand currently, the Catalan giants expect to register Torres before the end of the day.