Barcelona, Manchester City, and Manchester United all have the same name on their transfer targets list; Pau Torres (23). The Villarreal centre-back currently has a $50 million release clause and a contract that expires in 2024.
Pau Torres has had a wonderful season with Villarreal CF. The 23-year-old was the key player in his team, who ended La Liga in 5th place. Torres contributed to his team with 2 goals and 2 assists on his name this season. The player is known for his consistency, as he featured in 36 games.
The Spanish defender went on loan to Malaga two seasons ago, in which he proved his potential. The player is known for his aerial game and left-footed profile. His high-level has also opened the doors for him to enter the Spanish team under coach Robert Moreno.
Barça’s intentions are clear: they want to sign the defender. They could even pay his release clause if the club truly believes that the defender fits the profile. Especially after Umtiti’s unknown future, the club is looking for another left-footed defender. Premier League clubs Manchester City and Manchester United also are willing to add the player to their squad – which is only making the operation harder for Barcelona.
Even though Villarreal does not want to sell the player, and is asking for €65 million. Transfermarkt values the player at €30 million.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Koeman has ruled out the departure of Junior Firpo
According to a report published by SPORT, Ronald Koeman has ruled out any and all departures from the squad in the winter transfer window – barring Matheus Fernandes -, including that of Junior Firpo to AC Milan.
The report states that Barcelona are in a sketchy position and do not want to sell any players because signing replacements is getting increasingly tough. The signing of Eric Garcia remains scheduled for the summer when he will be signed on a free transfer, while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum seem extremely unlikely.
Firpo was linked out of Barcelona, with both Italian capital clubs – Inter Milan and AC Milan tracking his progress in Spain. A loan move to Milan with a €20 million option to buy was looking extremely realistic. Still, without reinforcements in that position, Barcelona should not be letting the Spaniard leave in the winter.
The truth is, while Barcelona are in crippling debt, and desperately require players off their wage bill, selling low-earners like Firpo seemed like a bad idea. The plan was to let go of the former-Real Betis defender and hand Alejandro Balde his debut. However, at the age of 16, that is too much pressure to knight to a player.
That said, the club is still willing to listen to offers for Matheus Fernandes, who has been deemed surplus. The Brazilian joined from Palmeiras in what was termed yet another shady deal by the long-gone Josep Bartomeu. He has registered no more than 17 minutes this season, coming on against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League.
Matheus was not even given the chance to play against UE Cornella in the Copa del Rey and has spent 11 games on the bench this season following his lucky 17 minutes in the UCL. Deportivo Alaves are eyeing a loan move for the 22-year-old owing to their budget limitations, and Barcelona will be hoping to make this transfer a reality soon.