City rebuild begins as Torres arrives and Ake deal nears
Spain Under-21 winger signs from Valencia for initial £21 m Club agree £41 m fee with Bournemouth for defender
Manchester City are expected to complete a £41million deal for Nathan Ake after Ferran Torres, the Spain Under-21 winger, became Pep Guardiola’s first signing of the summer last night.
Torres passed a medical in Barcelona yesterday before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with City. City have agreed to pay Valencia an initial fee of £20.9million for the 20-year-old, which could rise to £31.8million depending on the player’s success at the Etihad Stadium.
Txiki Begiristain, the City direcjoin. tor of football, moved quickly to tie up a deal for Torres after Leroy Sane left for Bayern Munich in a £55million deal last month.
“I am so happy to be joining City,” Torres said. “Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.”
Begiristain believes Torres has rich potential. “We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” he said. “He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger.”
Torres is the first of what is expected to be a busy summer of arrivals at City as Guardiola rebuilds in an attempt to wrest back the Premier League title from Liverpool.
City have already had a £41million bid accepted by Bournemouth for Holland centre-half Ake, who is expected to undergo a medical and sign a contract once he returns from holiday in the days ahead.
Guardiola also wants to sign another central defender, 12 months after failing to replace Vincent Kompany, but the pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is not simple. Relations with Napoli were strained by the collapse of a bid for Jorginho in 2018 and the Italian club’s £75million pricetag for a 29-yearold is considered excessive. Diego Carlos, of Sevilla, and Villarreal’s Pau Torres, are also on City’s radar.
Guardiola would also love to sign the Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, who can also play at centrehalf. However, Alaba, who has a year left on his contract, is thought to favour a move to Spain and is coveted by a number of clubs.
Done deal: Manchester City hope winger Ferran Torres will be a replacement for Leroy Sane