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Manchester City eye Real Madrid star as potential Ferran Torres replacement

Manchester City eye Real Madrid star as potential Ferran Torres replacement

Manchester City sell Ferran Torres

Manchester City would sign Ferran Torres from Valencia in August of 2020.

Torres proved something of a bit-part player during his first season with the Sky Blues, unsurprising given his age, the fact that it marked his first in the Premier League, and the sheer competition for places at the Etihad, particularly in the attacking third.

Despite all of this, though, the 21-year-old still managed 36 appearances for City, racking up an impressive 13 goals and providing three assists.

Torres would then hit the ground running this season, too. Following the Citizens’ failure to sign a striker over the summer, Pep Guardiola opted to hand the Spaniard the chance to shine in a false-nine role.

And Torres looked impressive across the opening weeks of the campaign, including versus Arsenal, when he scored twice and provided an assist.

However, the youngster then picked up an injury, and before being afforded a chance to return, was sold to Barcelona in the winter window for a potential €65m:

Manchester City eye Vinicius Junior

And now, it appears as though Manchester City are looking at a potential replacement for Torres.

As per Goal, citing Spanish outlet El Nacional, City have made an initial approach for Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior, with Pep Guardiola said to have personally contacted the 21-year-old’s representatives over a potential summer transfer.

It is added that the Sky Blues are indeed eyeing Vinicius as a possible replacement for Torres, following his move back to Spain.

However, Madrid have no plans to sell, and want to avoid a repeat of the Robinho deal brokered back in 2008.

Vinicius Junior has scored 15 and assisted nine in 27 appearances for Real this term.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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