Barcelona ‘eye a £43m swoop for Manchester City’s Ferran Torres AND a move for United’s Edinson Cavani too – as Xavi bids to bolster his attacking options in January transfer window’
- Barcelona boss Xavi wants to sign Ferran Torres and Edinson Cavani in January
- Manchester City’s Torres has reportedly agreed a five-year contract to join Barca
- Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani knows Barca have to sell first before buying
Cash-strapped Barcelona may be in financial peril but that hasn’t stopped them targeting two Premier League forwards in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Catalan giants’ monetary woes are well documented but according to Mundo Deportivo they are lining up swoops for Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani.
The Spanish outlet reports that newly-appointed manager Xavi has stated to Barca’s hierarchy his desire for them to sign both next month – especially as the Spanish Super Cup takes place across Saudi Arabia on January 12-16.
Ferran Torres (left) and Edinson Cavani are two transfer targets of Barcelona in January
Barcelona boss Xavi is keen to sign both players as he looks to bolster his attacking options
Torres is of particular to Xavi as he wants a forward who ‘opens up the pitch, is fast and a good finisher’ – attributes that apply to the former.
They add that Torres already has a verbal agreement in place with Barcelona to sign a five-year deal at the Nou Camp and it’s just up to the two clubs to finalise a fee, believed to be around £42.7million.
The 21-year-old has told Pep Guardiola of his desire to leave the Etihad and the City boss has given his blessing – as long as a fee is agreed among the two clubs.
Torres has reportedly asked to leave City – with Barca close to agreeing a £42.7million fee
Meanwhile, Xavi’s interest in Cavani is three-fold. Mundo Deportivo state that he is looking for an experienced centre forward and one who provides ‘malice and mischief’ in the penalty area – which both apply to Cavani.
Also the fact he has just a few months remaining on his current Manchester United – which is due to expire next summer – also makes the prospect of signing the 34-year-old more attainable.
However, despite the interest Cavani is aware that a move cannot materialise until Barca offload players so they can generate salary space to sign him. As a result, he and his team are happy to be patient – especially with the transfer window under a fortnight before opening.
Cavani’s contract at United expires at the end of this season – making him more attainable too