Barcelona confirm stance on signing Ferran Torres from Man City in January
Manchester|December 03, 2021
Torres emerged as a transfer target for Barca last week, and the young Spaniard is open to a move back to Spain, appreciating the interest in his services from new manager Xavi.
Barcelona officials visited City last week, meeting Pep Guardiola and publicly confirming their interest through vice-president Rafael Yuste, who was quoted as saying last week: "Ferran is a great player and we are working with discretion.
"We have friends at Manchester City and there is good relationship. Ferran Reverter [Barcelona CEO] has paid a courtesy call. I understand the questions but, out of respect for the players and the clubs, we cannot give expectations that could end up being positive or negative.
Xavi himself has fielded questions on Torres, deflecting the issue, and now president Laporta has confirmed the manager has asked the club to explore signing.
However, Laporta has confirmed what everybody already knew, in that Barcelona's financial restrictions will make it impossible to sign any new players in January - including Torres.
Speaking to TV3 (via Marca ), Laporta said: "Xavi has asked us to reinforce the squad and we are going to try to do so, but at the moment we have no salary margin to do it. Therefore, at this moment we cannot but we must let the sports management work, to see what possibilities we have.
"[Torres] is one of the players that the football management has in its sights, but there are many others. You have to wait and see how everything goes. We need to keep an eye on a lot of issues."
Guardiola addressed Barcelona's interest last week, refusing to criticise his old club for conducting their business so publicly.
He said: "Its not my business, you have to go to Txiki [Begiristain] or the agent of Ferran Torres, or Barcelona, Im not the guy to talk about it. In six years I don't talk about these issues.
"We call some players from other clubs when we are interested, so I completely understand. I would prefer not but it is what it is. We cannot control that and it depends on many, many things."