The Spain international is facing at least another couple of months out with a foot fracture, but he established himself as a key player under Pep Guardiola in the early stages of the campaign.
When Guardiola spent £21m signing Torres from Valencia in the summer of 2020, there were few signs City were signing a potentially prolific goalscorer.
The 21-year-old talent has emerged as one of City’s best attacking players since arriving from Spain in 2020. The forward hit 13 goals in all competitions last season.
Barcelona have long been linked with the attacker, and various reports had even claimed that the Catalan giants could attempt to sign him on loan in January.
According to Journalist Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo, the Spaniard has asked Pep Guardiola to leave the club, with the manager approving if an ‘economical agreement’ can be found.
The report states that Torres is also said to be ‘very grateful’ for how Pep Guardiola has treated him whilst in England but would like to move on, with Barcelona an obvious candidate.
Barcelona Director of Football Mateu Alemany and CEO Ferran Reverter held a meeting with Man City’s Ferran Soriano on Thursday. Today, Barca’s executives have maintained various contacts with City after they had everything clear with Ferran Torres.
While Sterling’s name will likely have been mentioned, the report claims that it was actually Torres who was the subject of Alemany’s visit to the City offices.
Marca go as far as to state that an agreement has already been found over personal terms with Torres, whose representatives were in Barcelona last Tuesday. He has been promised a near-permanent role in the team and is believed to be keen to take up that offer.
The report was shared on Twitter and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters, who took to the social media platform to share their thoughts and opinions.
Why would he downgrade especially after only 1 full season
— ً (@ftblTheo_) November 26, 2021
pain pain and more pain
— Lewis (@Thebigkun) November 26, 2021
Think I might just cry
— Ant (@BernardoTouch) November 26, 2021
So we’re going to let go of the most competent striker at the club, okay
— IIM 10 (@IIM9320) November 26, 2021
If this is true City better sign Haaland in January…
— James (@JMC_OfficiaI) November 26, 2021
This quite literally came out of nowhere quite shocked he’s leaving
— AJ (@MCFCAJ10) November 26, 2021
Hope it’s not true 😔
— Dylan (@mcfcdylan_) November 26, 2021