The deal to sign Valencia winger Ferran Torres is getting closer to completion as the Young Spaniard is set for his medical. The medical will be conducted in Barcelona as Torres cannot fly to Manchester due to the travel restrictions placed on anyone coming to the UK from Spain.
He will be checked at the clinic of Ramon Cugat, who City have also used to treat serious knee injuries in recent years. Once the medical is done and is successful, the 20-year-old is expected to put pen to paper to finalise the deal. But he will not join up with the squad until next month.
Leroy Sane’s decision to join Bayern Munich left a gap in City’s attack that Torres is expected to fill. The Spanish U21 international comes loaded with experience at the top level having featured regularly for Valencia in the just concluded campaign.
If all goes as planned, he should be the Blues’ first senior signing of the summer. City have been busy in the transfer market having also agreed a £40 million deal for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. The Netherland international is expected to finalise his own transfer after returning from holiday next week.
Both transfers have been funded largely from the fee recouped from Sane’s sale. The German was sold for up to £55 million while Torres was secured for just £21 million. That leaves room for more signings to beef up the team.
Although Ake can do a good job, Napoli’s centre back Kalidou Koulibaly should be the main target to further strengthen the defence.
Manager Pep Guardiola and the club hierarchy are making good progress by filling key positions in the squad ahead of the new campaign which starts next month. With Liverpool now a firm contender for the title and other top sides like Chelsea strengthening, next season promises to be tough. Same applies to the competition in Europe where the Blues aim to make a mark.