The newspaper ‘Sport’ reports that Atletico Madrid took advantage of the negotiation for Memphis Depay to ask Barcelona for Ferran Torres. The agreement was settled with an option to buy Yannick Carrasco, who could trigger the ‘Colchoneros’ to ask again for the former Manchester City player. The ‘Cules’ did not want to listen to offers this month, but could do so in the summer.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, especially in recent seasons, have forged a great relationship in terms of transfers. Griezmann and Memphis Depay are examples of players who have brought the teams together and Ferran Torres could be next in line. According to ‘Sport’, the ‘Colchoneros’ do not rule out going for him in the summer, especially if the departure of Yannick Carrasco is concluded.
The first time the Madrid side spoke to the ‘Cules’ about the Spanish winger was during the negotiations for Memphis. At that time and until the end of the winter transfer window, which is now open, the Catalan giants rejected and refuse to listen to offers for the former Manchester City player. Xavi Hernandez has faith in him and hopes that he will reach his prime in the remainder of the season.
Should that not be the case, the doors could open for him to leave the Camp Nou for a price of around 45 million euros. His owners would be happy for him to leave for less money than they paid for him – 55 million – as they have already amortised a significant part of that understanding with the Etihad Stadium offices and getting rid of the striker for less money would not be a drama.
It should be noted that Barcelona, in order to sell Memphis to Atletico, got an option to buy Carrasco. It is he who may hold the key to the landing of Ferran Torres. The ‘Colchoneros’ are considering selling Joao Felix in the summer, which, added to a hypothetical departure of the Belgian, would require the arrival of a new player to provide Cholo Simeone with alternatives.