Later News Aug 05

Man City begin rebuild with Torres signing; Man United’s pursuit of Sancho in danger of collapse

And so, it begins. Manchester City have opened their purse strings for the first – but surely not the last – time this transfer window with the signing of Spanish winger Ferran Torres.


Signed from Valencia for a mere £21million (S$37.5m) – probably the equivalent amount of change Man City’s oil-rich owners receive when they pay for a brand-new state-of-the-art yacht with a £50million note – Torres represents a fairly sensible transfer for the Citizens, which is something that could not be said for the business they did in last summer’s transfer window.


Torres, who made 97 appearances and scored nine goals for Valencia, was seemingly signed as a direct replacement for Leroy Sane, who has joined Bayern Munich.


WATCH: Ferran Torres scores a screamer


“I am so happy to be joining City,” Torres was quoted as saying by Man City’s website. “Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.


“Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”


Torres’ signing is likely to be only the first piece of the puzzle in Pep Guardiola’s plans for a significant rebuild, following Man City’s abject failure to give English Premier League (EPL) champions Liverpool a proper challenge this past season.


Man City are also reportedly on the brink of signing Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, while the likes of Atletico Madrid playmaker Joao Felix and AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer have also been linked with the club.


Meanwhile, the once much-vaunted Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations continue to rot in the basement of UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.


Over on the red side of Manchester, it appears United’s move for Jadon Sancho hangs in the balance, with the Red Devils reportedly not willing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £110million (S$197m) valuation of the winger.


And according to ESPN sources, United are prepared to end their pursuit of Sancho if a compromise cannot be found with the Bundesliga outfit.


WATCH: Jadon Sancho - Europe's hottest prospect


In addition, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have Sancho – one of the most exciting young talents in world football at the moment – high up on his shopping list, United are determined not to offer the 20-year-old an exorbitant salary to join them.


After all, it wasn’t too long ago that United broke their wage structure to pay Alexis Sanchez £350,000-a-week for piano lessons, before going on to pay a significant portion of those wages for him to actually play football for Inter Milan.


WATCH: Alexis Sanchez's best moments in the Serie A


But United fans can rest easy – according to The Athletic, United already have several alternative targets lined up in the event that the Sancho deal fails to come through.


The only snag? They’ll have to rely on Ed Woodward to complete those deals. 


Which means you can probably expect these signings to come one or two seasons too late.




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