Reputed football journalist Gerard Romero has dropped an interesting insight into Barcelona’s pursuit of Ferran Torres earlier this year.
The former Valencia Forward had arrived at Barcelona in January. He joined the club on a permanent deal worth around €55 million.
It was quite an investment for the Catalan side given their financial shortcomings at the time.
And in an effort to take advantage of their situation, Man City had asked about the potential inclusion of Frenkie de Jong in the deal.
Barcelona were swift to reject the notion, as they had no intention to offload the Duch international, even though he was struggling with a lack of form at the time.
Three months later, it has turned out to be a wise move by Barça as Frenkie has emerged as one of the most improved players in the squad since the turn of the year.
The former Ajax youngster has offered seamless service in the middle of the park, building a formidable partnership alongside Sergio Busquets and Pedri. He is expected to remain a crucial part of Xavi’s setup in the years to come.
Ferran, too, has lived up to his hefty price tag so far, having established himself as a crucial source of productivity on the left flank.
In 19 competitive appearances, Ferran has scored seven goals and mustered seven assists. Although his productivity has dwindled in recent weeks, the Spaniard could be a vital cog in Xavi’s attacking unit, as the Spaniard looks to guide Barça into a new era.