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TOP HISTORY: Barca look to Citys Torres to strengthen attack
Barcelona hope to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City, despite an offer being rejected over the summer, according to The Sun.
They had previously hoped to take the Spaniard on loan with the promise of making the move permanent, but that idea was laughed at by Pep Guardiola and the Man City hierarchy.
The former Valencia man was not always a regular feature of the team last season, but has done enough to impress Guardiola.
This period, the 21-year-old has taken on a more prominent role, scoring three goals in all competitions so far.
While this is likely to make a move more difficult for Barcelona to implement, it does not appear to be a deterrent to trying to make it happen.
The plan is to return to the helm during the summer transfer window, where the Catalan giants’ new CEO Mateu Alemany knows him well from their time at Mestalla.
This is considered particularly important as Barcelona’s squad currently needs extra attacking quality, after Lionel Messi went to Paris Saint-Germain this summer and was then followed out of the Camp Nou by Antoine Griezmann, who joined Atletico Madrid.
Given their financial difficulties, it will be interesting to see how Barcelona, who were held to a draw by a bottom club in LaLiga on Thursday, plan to make this move work.
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– AC Milan show interest in acquiring Anderlecht striker midfielder Yari Verschaeren, who had previously picked up Alexis Saelemaekers from the Belgian club, reports Calciomercato. The 20-year-old has already been looked at by Paris Saint-Germain, but Milan have for several weeks targeted the player, who has a value of 10 million euros.
– Marca reports that Barcelona could be looking to relieve Philippe Coutinho during the January window. The Brazilian has been struggling ever since moving to the Camp Nou, and it now appears that teenagers Gavi and Yusuf Demir are ahead of him in the pecking order after being selected to start against Cadiz in Thursday’s goalless draw.
Clubs in England, Germany and Italy are looking at the FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi, according to Calciomercato. The 18-year-old has an impressive record of 12 goals and two assists in 24 MLS matches this season, so it should come as no surprise that clubs are hoping to add him to the list of American talent pursuing their trade in Europe.
– Aston Villa offer a young striker Cameron Archer a new contract to prevent him from leaving the club in January, as has been reported by Football Insider. His current deal expires in the summer of 2022, with clubs across the Premier League and Europe waiting to contact him – those from abroad will be allowed to do so at the end of the year. The hope is that an improved deal will help keep him at Villa Park.
-Saudi Pro League team Al-Raed has confirmed the signing of a 33-year-old striker it does on their official channels. The man best known for scoring Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory goal had been a free agent following the culmination of his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow.