Manchester City and Barcelona agreed on a €55 million transfer fee for Ferran Torres last month. The Catalans however, have not been able to register Ferran Torres just yet, under La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules.
Speaking about Torres ahead of Barcelona’s crucial tie against Mallorca, Xavi admitted that Ferran Torres hasn’t been registered yet. The Blaugrana needs to lighten their wage bill and unless they see any exits this winter, the situation surrounding Torres could get uncertain.
The player is said to have completed his medicals at Barcelona and the clubs involved have made an official announcement regarding the completion of the deal. With that said, the former La Liga champions will look to reduce their wage bill in the coming days, with the major spotlight on Ousmane Dembele and the decision regarding his new contract.
Dembele accepting Barca’s new contract proposal would allow the Catalans significant financial room to operate with. It would allow Barca to spread the Frenchman’s large wages across five seasons. Further, the likes of Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho have also been tipped with an exit this month.
"“Ferran Torres is a spectacular signing, both as a player and a person,”“We’ll see how the salary cap situation is, if it’s possible right away. There has to be players leaving. If we get Dembele to resign his contract and lower his pay it will allow us to sign Torres and we hope that it can happen.”Source: MEN"
I personally feel that Barcelona are close to finding permanent solutions for Umtiti, Coutinho, and Luuk de Jong, all of whom are not said to be a part of Xavi’s plans for the future.
The Sky Blues have been heavily tipped to invest the Ferran Torres money in their pursuit of Erling Haaland next summer. Having said that, it would only be an aberration if Barca fail to register Torres before the end of this month.