Ferran Torres has joined Barcelona from Manchester City on a contract that runs until June 2027 and has a 1 billion euro (£842 million) buyout clause.
Only 18 months after joining City from Valencia, the 21-year-old attacker returns to Spain in a £46.3 million transfer.
Barcelona will pay £8.4 million in add-ons and will have to sell some players to meet La Liga’s financial requirements.
Despite its current financial difficulties, the club is able to fund the acquisition thanks to a recent bank loan. On Thursday, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the transfer and expressed his delight for Torres.
Torres, a Spain international, has made 43 appearances for City since signing from Valencia in August 2020, scoring 16 goals.
He started City’s first six games of the season, but was benched for the goalless draw with Southampton in September, and has not played since suffering a foot injury while on international duty with Spain the following month.
Torres is “recovering nicely after a fracture in his right foot,” according to Barcelona’s medical report, although there is no timetable for his return.
Source: BBC Sport