Barcelona linked to injured Manchester City and Manchester United stars

Torres and Cavani Credit: GettyTorres and Cavani Credit: Getty
Torres and Cavani Credit: Getty
Ferran Torres’ rumoured departure from Manchester City to Barcelona could be on hold with the clubs yet to agree a fee, but the Spanish giants have other names in the frame, including United’s Edinson Cavani, it has been reported.

With the January transfer window just days away, several names continue to be linked with a move to and from both Manchester City and Manchester United.

One player in question is Ferran Torres, with reports that the forward is believed to have agreed personal terms with Barcelona, but that City are yet to accept a fee from the Spanish Giants.

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According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 21-year-old has agreed personal terms with the 26-time Spanish top-flight winners, but their bid of €50m is €10m shy of the Sky Blues’ valuation.

Torres, who has only made seven appearances in all competitions for City this season due to a foot injury he suffered on international duty with Spain in October, has scored three goals and assisted his teammates once so far.

Ferran Torres of Manchester City  Credit: Getty ImagesFerran Torres of Manchester City  Credit: Getty Images
Ferran Torres of Manchester City Credit: Getty Images

With the Sky Blues’ squad depth and the form of Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernado Silva, the likelihood of game-time for Torres could be limited upon his return.

Another name being linked to Barcelona is United forward Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan is in a similar predicament to Torres, having made only one more appearance than him this campaign.

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The 34-year-old’s lack of game-time has also been due to injury, with him suffering from a tendon problem.

However, reports suggest the Red Devils’ No.21 won’t be leaving Old Trafford next month, with the club looking to retain his services until at least the summer.

Edinson Cavani of Manchester United Credit: Getty ImagesEdinson Cavani of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images
Edinson Cavani of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images

How likely are the deals to go ahead?

Torres’ move could be an interesting one if a bid were to be agreed, especially considering the financial restrictions Barcelona face.

Nevertheless, according to Romano, if this isn’t the case then the Spanish giants have other names on their radar, specifically Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.

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The 28-year-old has featured in 10 of the Blues’ 10 Premier League games so far, netting once and assisting his teammates twice.

It looks as though Torres wants to leave the Etihad in order to secure regular playing-time, especially if he has already agreed personal terms with Xavi’s side.

Ferran Torres is still out of action Credit: GettyFerran Torres is still out of action Credit: Getty
Ferran Torres is still out of action Credit: Getty

This, added to the recent retirement of Sergio Aguero at the Nou Camp, means there is less competition for places at the Spanish club.

In terms of Cavani, his departure from United seems less likely next month, considering his style of play fits that of interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

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The forward has shown, despite his age, that he is willing to press the opposition continuously - a characteristic that the German boss wants his players to have.

An individual with Cavani’s experience and winning mentality is exactly what the Red Devils need in order to get the best out of their attacking options.

What are the fans saying?

@iSONICofficial tweeted “These rumours about Ferran Torres leaving City need to stop.”

@MDVLOG15 has said “I know one thing is for sure we lose Edison Cavani we lose a very amazing player, his work rate is unbelievable at his age especially definitely would like to see this passion with other players in the club as well.”

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