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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.