In March earlier this year, Barcelona officially announced the signing of exciting Spanish talent Pablo Torre from Racing Santander.
The attacking midfielder, who turned 19 earlier this month, is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the country and had several top clubs vying for his signing.
Indeed, Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid were also keen on landing Torre and made several attempts to beat the Catalans to his signing, reports SPORT.
It is claimed that Los Blancos held a strong interest in the exciting teenager and were not willing to give up their pursuit of him until the last minute. However, in the end, the Spanish capital club could not beat Barcelona to his signing.
The report states that the Blaugrana had done a lot of work on the deal and were never in doubt about signing the prodigious midfielder. The club had laid out their plans for the youngster’s career development and were even offering a longer contract to him.
However, the clincher was the conversation that Pablo Torre had with first-team manager Xavi Hernandez, during which the 42-year-old explained to him in detail the youngster’s strengths, weaknesses and plans to get the best out of him.
It left Torre convinced that Barcelona were the right team for him, even though Real Madrid tried to offer him a more lucrative contract when he was closing in on the switch.
Barcelona director Mateu Alemany even received a call from Racing Santander president, Alfredo Perez Fernandez, to improve their offer due to Real Madrid’s interest. But Alemany did not raise Barça’s bid as he knew that the club had everything tied down with Torre.
In the end, the 19-year-old completed his transfer to the Catalan club in a deal worth €5 million plus performance-related add-ons, which could take the entire cost of the operation to around €20 million in the future.
Torre signed a contract with Barcelona that will run until the summer of 2026 and has a release clause worth €100 million.
While he will initially link up with the B team, there is a good chance he could be fast-tracked to the senior setup if he continues performing like he has done for Racing Santander this season.