KEY POINTS

  • Manchester City close to getting Ferran Torres from Valencia CF
  • Torres is seen as a perfect replacement to Leroy Sane
  • Torres energy seen as one of many assets City can benefit from

Manchester City has a big void to fill following the departure of Leroy Sane. A prospect is reportedly Ferran Torres of Valencia CF with both sides already holding talks. Los Murcielago wants about $27 million for the 20-year-old winger aside from bonuses.

Torres is branded an unpredictable player, a reason why Pep Guardiola has shown interest. Aside from that, Torres is one of few players who has made 100 appearances before reaching the age of 20. He has been making a name for himself in Spain, a reason why he has been touted as one of the future stars of football. Aside from City, other clubs interested in the Spaniard include Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Proof of Torres' brilliance is his performance this season. He has scored four times in 34 games this season. Valencia finished ninth in La Liga and is now looking to sell off some players due to financial issues. However, it appears The Bats were already suffering from budget problems even before the COVID-19 pandemic set in according to another report by Sky Sports.

The rise of Torres is textbook. He made his senior debut during the 2017-18 season and made 13 appearances. The following season, he started to show his explosiveness when he scored three times in 37 games in all competitions. The great thing about the 20-year-old is that he has managed to maintain his level of performance despite changes at the helm. His ability to adjust speaks well of his character, something that should aid the voids over at Etihad Stadium.

"He is at his best-accelerating past players, dribbling through defenders and heading for goal. His greatest weakness is defensive ability, it is difficult for him to return to cover his area, but in attack, there are few soccer players in Europe with his explosiveness. Above all, that is what he is about," local journalist Pedro Campos said via Sky Sports.

Given his accomplishments, Torres is seen as the perfect substitute for Sane who is now with Bayern Munich. As the German player, Torres is comfortable playing on either flank. Aside from that, pundits feel that his electricity, dynamism and decision-making will factor in heavily during matches.

Ferran Torres of Valencia CF Ferran Torres of Valencia CF Photo: Getty Images | Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images