Arsenal are on the trail of yet another Manchester City old boy this summer, as manager Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his squad.
Last summer, the Gunners added Gabriel Jesus early in the window, securing the No.9 spot and poaching a versatile attacker from a rival. He was followed later in the window by Oleksandr Zinchenko – and both have been huge hits, having worked with Arteta at Manchester City during his stint as a coach there.
Furthermore, one of Arteta’s first signings at the Emirates Stadium was defender Pablo Mari, who had been on the Citizens’ books in his youth. Now, Arsenal could be poised to move for yet another star known to City fans.
TalkSPORT(opens in new tab) have reported that the north Londoners are looking to sign Ferran Torres from Barcelona, with the Catalan giants looking to raise capital this summer.
Barça signed Torres as one of Xavi’s first moves as boss but now have a wealth of options in attack – and are looking to re-add Lionel Messi to the ranks this summer, too.
Torres can play off the left but is more likely to provide cover for Bukayo Saka on the right wing, after The Mail(opens in new tab) broke the news that Hale End graduate Reiss Nelson has turned down a contract extension to keep him at the cub as a backup option.
The Athletic(opens in new tab) were the first to reveal that the Gunners are interested in Torres as an option back in January. Back then, Arteta and co. opted for Leandro Trossard but are said to be looking for depth in attack still this summer.
While Torres may well have been an option at one stage, it is unlikely that he still is. Arsenal are said to want a “physical” striker and with Torres providing more cover on the flanks – something Arsenal have an abundance of right now – there isn’t an obvious place for him in the squad.
The 23-year-old is valued at around €30 million by Transfermarkt(opens in new tab).