With the winter window in touching distance, Barcelona are on red alert to reach their targets set for January, among which Manchester City’s Ferran Torres has been reported to be the top most priority. The Spanish Giants have some tough decisions to make and reportedly, they are going to part with Frenkie De Jong as a part of the deal with the Skyblues, The Mirror understands.
Barcelona are in the midst of a revamp and to make matters worse, the Catalan’s financial crisis isn’t helping their cause. Xavi’s men haven’t been at their fluent best in the attacking third, with absence of a pure goal-scorer being highlighted every time they take the field. The 41-year-old, after taking the reigns from Ronald Koeman has had a massive impact on the players both on and off the pitch.
The Catalans seems to have made a minor recovery, with 28 points from 18 league fixtures and a 4 point gap between the UEFA Champions League qualification spot. Having said that, Xavi needs reinforcements to arrive in January which could be instrumental in Barcelona progressing to next year’s UCL, which in turn would push their case for Erling Haaland in the upcoming summer.
The former La-Liga champions have been linked with the likes of Ferran Torres, Edinson Cavani, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kingsley Coman since Xavi’s arrival at the helm. The 41-year-old’s known to be attacking with wingers who play wide on the flanks, to which the former Valencia striker can be a perfect fit.
Manchester City have quoted Torres’ transfer fee around the £60 million mark. Barcelona just can’t afford such pays until and unless they offer a player in a swap deal for the Cityzens. Frenkie seems to be the one to bid farewell, especially with him unable to influence the midfield by his standards.
"“Barcelona cannot afford to meet City’s £60 valuation of Torres and so have instead agreed to part ways with De Jong. It would mean the transfer foes through without any money changing hands, it is added, which would be “pleasing to all parties “."
Source: El Nacional.
Though the Dutchman would have loved to have a long haul with the Blaugrana, his Premier League switch may be a blessing in disguise for his career. Under Guardiola FDJ can unlock his true potential and prove to the world why he’s reputed to be one of best in the business.
However, with reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano confirming that an agreement has already been reached between the club for a reported sum of €65 million (55m+10m in variables), it looks highly unlikely that FDJ was even considered to be involved in the operation. Until the official announcement from the clubs arrive, nothing can be said for sure.