Manchester City inching closer towards finalising move for Torres who is seen in action in the photo
Ferran Torres of Valencia runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Villarreal at Estadi de Mestalla on April 18, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Goal, Manchester United have enquired about Valencia wide player Ferran Torres’ availability in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, the Red Devils are not the only one to have launched an enquiry for the Spaniard as Liverpool, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are also interested in recruiting the player this summer (via Goal).

Torres’ current contract at the Mestalla Stadium runs out at the end of next season, but Valencia’s efforts to sign him up on a new deal has been in vain after the winger rejected their fresh contract offer last month. The La Liga outfit are now facing the possibility of losing the talented playmaker as a free agent next year. Hence, they are willing to lower their asking price despite the player having a €100m release clause in his contract.

Torres’ Magnificent Form In La Liga This Season

This latest development could open the door for Torres to seal a move away from Spain in search of more success in the coming years. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a good run of form in the Spanish top-flight this season after he put in a string of eye-catching performances for Albert Celades’ side so far. The Foios-born wing wizard has banged in six goals and grabbed seven assists in 35 appearances for the Mestalla-outfit this term in all competitions which highlights just how much he has improved since the start of this campaign.

Torres has averaged 1.2 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per match in the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League this season (stats via whoscored). He has done remarkably well to strike up some consistency with his performances on the pitch so far. The Valencia youth product has also represented Spain at various youth levels but is yet to make a senior appearance for his nation. If he can continue to improve himself on the training ground over the next couple of years, then he should have a good chance of earning a senior cap for his nation sooner rather than later.

Ferran Torres of Spain celebrates after scoring a goal during the second semi final football match between Mali and Spain in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the D.Y.Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE /Getty Images)

What Will The Spanish Whizkid Add To Solskjaer’s Side?

Torres can use his agility and pace to lose his marker when left isolated in a 1v1 foot race down the wide areas. He excels at getting to the by-line and can cause a lot of headaches for the opposition defenders. The Spaniard primarily plays as a winger down the right flank but can also fill in on the other side if required. His versatility, coupled with his desire to succeed at the highest level, make him an exciting choice for the Red Devils to consider this summer.

Is Torres The Right Fit For The Mancunian Giants?

However, Torres still has a long way to go before he is ready to break into the world-class bracket. Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to be patient with the player if he decides to bring him to Old Trafford this summer as the youngster needs time to adjust to life in the Premier League. If the Norwegian head coach is willing to hand him regular first-team minutes, then he might reap the dividends of recruiting him in the long-run. Solskjaer could be the ideal man to oversee the Spanish starlet’s development as he has built a reputation for promoting young players to his first-team since being appointed as the permanent Man United manager back in March last year.

The likes of Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have all excelled under his guidance during this campaign which makes the Theatre of Dreams a perfect home for a promising young winger such as Torres.

The Spanish wonderkid will be an upgrade over Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira after they flattered to deceive with their performances this season. Furthermore, Torres could serve as a long-term replacement for Juan Mata, who is in the last legs of his Man United career. Solskjaer will also have the option to use him with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes as part of a four-man attack if he opts to play his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation next season. All in all, Torres will be a brilliant fit for the Red Devils and their long-term ambitions as a football club.

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