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Transfer confirmed: Ferran Torres to Man City for $26 million

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Reports sending Valencia youngster Ferran Torres to Man City have been burning red-hot over the last 24 hours.

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Man City confirmed their capture of the 20-year-old — one of the brightest prospects in all of Europe — on Tuesday.

Torres, who came through the Valencia academy, tallied six goals and seven assists in 43 appearances (all competitions), including two of each in the Champions League, for Valencia this season.

He broke into Valencia’s first team back in November of 2017, at the age of 17, before establishing himself as a regular over the last two seasons.

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Reports out of the UK claim it will reportedly cost just $26 million to bring Ferran Torres to Man City, plus possible add-ons, as he had just one year remaining on his contact with Valencia. Torres reportedly met with City sporting director Txiki Begiristain earlier on Tuesday, adding further fuel to the fire that a move was imminent.

Torres seems an obvious replacement for recently departed winger Leroy Sane. He’ll join Raheem Sterling as one of only two natural wingers in Pep Guardiola’s squad, offering more tactical flexibility — not to mention, width — after City were fairly limited in the wide areas during the 2019-20 season.

Transfer news: Depay to Arsenal; Torres to Man United

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The latest transfer news from the Premier League sees Memphis Depay linked to Arsenal, while Ferran Torres is wanted by Manchester United.

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Starting at Arsenal, Memphis Depay is reportedly their top target this summer.

French outlet Le10Sport claim that Arsenal want to sign Depay and he will be the priority if Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Depay is out of contract next summer and will be available at a much lower transfer fee than he would be otherwise. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted Depay and others could leave, while the French giants are not in the Champions League next season so they may have to sell a few of their stars to bolster their finances.

The Dutch striker has got his career back on track after leaving Manchester United in 2017 and Depay has become more prolific, scoring 43 goals in 102 Ligue 1 games. In his two seasons at Man United he struggled for confidence but there’s no doubting his talent on the ball and now his productivity.

Per the report, Depay wants a return to England and he would surely be the perfect replacement for Lacazette, who could be heading to Atletico Madrid.

Depay, 26, has unfinished business in the Premier League and he is hungry to prove his doubters wrong. That is exactly the kind of player Mikel Arteta wants at Arsenal and with Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal will have a plethora of attacking options.

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Heading to Manchester, Ferran Torres has been linked with Manchester United and a report from Spanish radio station Onda Cero says that Juventus have opened talks with his agent.

Torres, 20, is also wanted by Borussia Dortmund and reportedly he has a release clause of $108 million. The Spanish winger is out of contract next summer and Valencia may well cash in now as their Champions League hopes for next season are fading fast.

He’s provide six goals and seven assists for Valencia and is the latest gem to come through their academy and become a star at the Mestalla.

Do Man United need a winger? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at adding an extra attacking player but with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James around, their attacking unit seems pretty sorted for the next few seasons.

That said, Man United are clearly looking to sign one more winger as Jadon Sancho has been linked time and time again. Torres would cost around the same amount as Sancho and he’s the same age. Torres is highly-rated but Man United should probably focus on making additions in defensive midfield and at center back before they buy another winger.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Juventus in for Torres, Upamecano to Arsenal

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The coronavirus shutdown across Europe and the world has given teams time to focus on improving their squads for the future. There’s no certainty about when the transfer window will take place as the 2019/20 season continues to be pushed back possibly bleeding into the summer or even the fall. But clubs will have no excuse not to be ready once the time comes for players to make moves.

Liverpool has been linked with Valencia winger Ferran Torres for some time now, with the 20-year-old seeing his contract with the Spanish side expiring in the summer of 2021. However, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, the Reds will have competition for his signature.

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Juventus is reportedly interested in pursuing the Spaniard, which makes sense given the makeup of the Juve squad. On the flanks in Turin are 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, 31-year-old Juan Cuadrado, and the oft-injured Douglas Costa. Only Federico Bernardeschi can be counted on long-term at Juventus, leading to rumors such as these.

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Elsewhere, Arsenal has been linked by tabloids in England to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with the 21-year-old French youth international said to have asked to leave this summer – or whenever the upcoming transfer window takes place. Upamecano has started every single league match for RB Leipzig this season after missing the first four due to injury. He also played the full 90 minutes of the 3-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League that sent RB Leipzig through to the quarterfinals.

Upamecano’s contract with the German club expires in the summer of 2021, so like Torres’ situation at Valencia, it would be in the club’s best interest to sell the youngster this coming transfer window to maximize his transfer value.

Finally, Chelsea is reportedly interested in bringing aboard a second Ajax player after already securing Hakim Ziyech. According to Italian publication Calciomercato, the Blues are looking into left-back Nicolas Tagliafico after their chase of Ben Chilwell was turned down by Leicester City. Tagliafico, a 27-year-old Argentinian international, has been a fixture in the Ajax side since joining in January of 2018 from Argentine club Independiente. His Ajax contract runs out in the summer of 2022, so while there isn’t as much urgency to sort out his situation as with Torres or Upamecano, it is still within range.

The Blues currently have both Emerson and Marcos Alonso at left-back, so they are also not necessarily looking to urgently bring someone aboard in his position, but Tagliafico is versatility, able to play in the middle as well, making him a potentially useful player in a three-center-back system.

Ilicic scores four, Atalanta advances past Valencia

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Atalanta negotiated Valencia and an empty Mestalla Stadium in Spain on Tuesday to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-3 second-leg win and 8-4 aggregate score line.

La Dea entered with a 4-1 advantage and got four goals from Josip Ilicic in the second leg. They qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time in its history.

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Ilicic converted a third-minute penalty to insure its lead, though Kevin Gameiro leveled the leg 18 minutes later.

Ilicic added a second penalty before the break. He scored five goals over the two legs.

Gameiro got his second off a Ferran Torres feed in the 51st minute, but Valencia needed four more goals.

The La Liga mainstay got a Torres goal with 23 minutes to play, but that was it for the comeback bid thanks to Ilicic completing his hat trick in the 71st minute.