Pep Guardiola: Ferran Torres to Barcelona ‘close’ but Man City not set for January buy
Pep Guardiola’s breathing fire Thursday regarding a probable sale of a player in January but says it’s not a precursor to a striker purchase.
The Manchester City boss took a veiled shot at (probably) Tottenham Hotspur in acknowledging that a deal is close to sell Ferran Torres to Barcelona.
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Torres wants to go back to Spain. Barcelona wants him and is willing to meet Man City’s asking price.
Yes, Barca’s also his former club and he loves it more than just about anything in football, but Guardiola is also happy to take a shot at other clubs.
And, at least in the precedent of Leroy Sane’s City exit, Guardiola does have firm footing here.
Guardiola, however, continues to say that Man City will not add a center forward in January despite what is likely to be a transfer fee for Torres that will finish in excess of $70 million.
“We won’t bring in a striker in January. It’s not done officially, I know they are negotiating, it’s close, that’s all. When the club announces it’s done.”
Maybe the right target isn’t there yet, or maybe Guardiola feels his team can keep pumping opponents without a typical target forward. And, of course, we know he can.