Manchester City player could have joined Spanish giants as a teenager

New Manchester City signing rejected the opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world when he was a teenager.

FERRAN TORRES, who joined Manchester City for around €23 million plus bonuses at the beginning of August, revealed that he turned down the chance to join Spanish giants Barcelona when he was 17.

The talented forward made his international debut on Thursday 3 when he started for Spain in their game against Germany, which ended 1-1.

Torres turned down the offer from the Catalan side, who were willing to match his release clause of €8 million from Valencia, because he wanted to remain loyal to his boyhood club and develop as a player under their ranks.

The forward is considered to be a great prospect for the future and should be well suited to Manchester City as he is comfortable with the ball at his feet, has great pace and uses it well, and has technical quality which Pep Guardiola likes in his players.

Manchester City were seen as a great option for the young player, who could have had competition from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid this time around.

However, both clubs have been struggling to maneuver in the transfer market since the Covid-19 crisis began.

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Matthew Roscoe

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