Barcelona moves for Ferran Torres
There’s already been a lot of speculation on social media and elsewhere about how Barcelona managed to come up with the cash to sign Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.
To be honest, I couldn’t care less where Joan Laporta and his board discovered their treasure, as long as it wasn’t the same pond where Josep Maria Bartomeu discovered his.
On the surface, it appears to be a wise decision once the contract is signed, sealed, and delivered.
Torres hasn’t had much of a chance to show his worth at Man City, but that isn’t always a judgment on him.[the_ad id=”271″]
Pep has always been known for not tinkering too much with his starting XIs, though he has started to do so at City recently.
The Catalan is a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it,” so other players getting the nod ahead of Torres shouldn’t come as a surprise.
He isn’t yet 22 years old, but he is a complete Spanish international who, while apparently being a winger, can play in all attacking positions.
Torres has fantastic technique on the ball, is incredibly imaginative in possession, and has a work-rate that will put less mobile colleagues to shame, which is unusual for a large man who is great in the air – and so is a superb aerial presence when required.
His is a statement signing, and no mistake. Torres is one for the future but also for the present and if reports are correct, he was always Xavi’s No.1 target, not Raheem Sterling.
That the club have apparently been able to land him bodes well for the future and suggests that Laporta’s promise that his board will turn things around as long as they’re allowed to work, no longer seems like an empty election promise.
If Laporta can finally rid Barca of the likes of Coutinho, Umtiti and others, then 2022 could turn out to be much better than most of us envisaged a few months ago.
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