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

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By James Ducker

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

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