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Barcelona Attacker Is Gathering Interest From The Premier League: Should Xavi Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent segment on Twitch, journalist Gerard Romero mentioned that Barcelona attacker Ferran Torres is gathering interest from the Premier League. However, it is understood that the Spanish talent wants to stay and prove his worth at the Nou Camp.

Torres’ Inconsistent Season In Spanish Football

Torres had an up-and-down campaign at the Catalan club recently as he struggled to be consistent with his offensive contributions in La Liga. The Spanish talent made 45 appearances for Barca last season, finding the back of the net on seven occasions and earning three assists on all fronts.

The 23-year-old proved his worth at times in the final third by averaging 1.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He was even excellent when distributing possession in the opponent’s half after completing 81.2% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

Torres is under contract at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2027. However, Barcelona’s financial concerns could force them to cash in on the Spaniard during this summer transfer window.

Ferran Torres
Barcelona’s Spanish forward Ferran Torres reacts after a fall during the Spanish league football match between Real Valladolid FC and FC Barcelona at the Jose Zorilla stadium in Valladolid on May 23, 2023. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP) (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Let Torres Go?

Torres can engineer a yard of space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target and has got the vision to create a few decent chances for his teammates in the final third. He is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet and is a tidy passer of the ball as well.

The Spanish playmaker is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also operate on the right flan or play as a centre-forward if needed. However, he has to figure out a way to improve his productivity in front of the opponent’s half.

Torres is currently serving as a useful member of Barcelona boss Xavi’s squad. At 23, the Spanish winger has got his best years ahead of him. However, he was far from convincing for the Catalan club last season.

Therefore, it makes sense for Barca to consider letting Torres go this summer as his departure would lower their wage bill. The Catalan giants could use the money generated from his potential sale to strengthen other areas of their match-day squad ahead of the new campaign.

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