According to a report from Sport, FC Barcelona missed out on signing one of Manchester City’s best players of the current season.
FC Barcelona has missed out on several players over the years and they did with one of Manchester City’s sensations this season. We are talking about Ferran Torres, the ‘False 9’ who scored a hat-trick against Germany yesterday. At only 20 years old, this player has already accomplished what few Spanish footballers have done at the same age. He is already one of the top contenders for the 2020 Golden Boy Award.
It’s been 19 years since any player managed to score a hat-trick against Germany. Torres has done so much in the span of a few months and it’s crazy to think he was an unknown player for the rest of the world before this. During his time as a Valencia player, he was considered a great prospect but nowhere near the level he reached at Manchester City. This is one of the main reasons FC Barcelona missed out on signing him back in 2017.
Barcelona missed out on Ferran twice.
Three years ago, Ferran Torres was already starting to make some noise as a Valencia player. He was scoring important goals and many clubs expressed interest in signing him. FC Barcelona offered €8 million for him as an identical offer from Real Madrid came to the player’s attention. Ferran decided against the transfer thinking he needed more time to adapt to professional football in Valencia.
The second time Barcelona missed out on Torres was during the pandemic, as Valencia was in dire need of selling their player for a low cost. Due to the global crisis, no club in Spain had the money to pay for his transfer and he decided to hear offers from the Premier League. Manchester City eventually offered €23 million-plus €12 million with add-ons. This was the moment Pep Guardiola realized the Citizens hit the jackpot with this talented Spanish player.