Manchester City have signed Ferran Torres from Valencia in a deal value a reported £20million, the Premier League membership have confirmed.
Torres arrives on the Etihad having signed a five-year contract to turn into Man City’s first senior signing of the summer season switch window, with Nathan Ake anticipated to comply with from Bournemouth in a £41m deal.
The 20-year-old has been dropped at City by Pep Guardiola as a direct alternative for Leroy Sane, who final month signed for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Nonetheless solely within the early phases of his profession, Torres has made 97 appearances for boyhood membership Valencia and is thought to be one of many brightest prospects in European soccer.
He instructed City’s membership web site: “I’m so pleased to be becoming a member of City. Each participant desires to be concerned in attacking groups and Manchester City are some of the attacking in world soccer.
“Pep encourages a extremely open, aggressive type, which I really like, and he’s a supervisor with a confirmed observe report of enhancing gamers. To have him overseeing my growth is a dream.
“City have received loads of trophies within the final 10 years and I hope I can play a job in persevering with that success.”
Actually, one LaLiga knowledgeable instructed talkSPORT Torres is ‘probably a celebrity’ and mentioned he’s proven similarities to present City aces Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.
Final week, former Tottenham and Man United participant Terry Gibson – who at present works as a Spanish soccer pundit – hailed Man City for this beautiful piece of switch enterprise.
“It’s an astonishing switch,” he instructed talkSPORT, “as a result of the circumstances of what we’re in in the meanwhile and I feel switch charges will start to dwindle down a contact.
“Additionally the actual fact he solely had a yr left on his contract so Valencia need to take up an enormous constructing course of and I feel it’s been clear there should have been different golf equipment taken with him.
“He’s made it clear to Valencia that Manchester City is the place he needed to go and they’re getting a sensational participant.
“He’s been within the first workforce for 3 years, because the age of 17. He’s received Champions League expertise and doubtless round 100 appearances already and is a sensational participant.
“He’s beautiful to observe and the Premier League will take pleasure in having him. He’s predominantly proper footed however can simply management the ball and manipulate the ball together with his left. He’s a dribbler, a large participant with tempo. He has performed behind the centre ahead as properly. So they’re getting a shocking participant.
“He’s in all probability very related [to Sterling and Mahrez]. By way of high quality as properly he’ll shock lots of people.
“We regularly get these younger gamers that come over to the Premier League however I feel he’s a very good match for City and Pep will get the very best out of him.
“He’s a great alternative for Sane. He’s one other a type of gifted huge gamers Pep loves. Who’s to argue with what Pep Guardiola does?
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“On the age of 20 he’s confirmed he’s keen [to defend]. What we’ve to recollect is that Valencia completed mid-table this yr. He’s going to a workforce in Manchester City that predominantly dominate possession and can end close to the highest of the division.
“They’ll dominate their opponents on a weekly foundation and I feel he’s present his willingness to tuck again and assist.
“He can enhance when it comes to what he does when he will get again in these defensive positions however I feel he’s going to take pleasure in enjoying in a workforce that has 60-70 per cent possession each week.
“I’m positive Pep just isn’t shopping for him to fret about what he can do in defensive positions. He might probably be a celebrity.”