·10 June 2023
·10 June 2023
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez plans to count on misfiring forward Ferran Torres for next season. And as things stand, the La Liga champions prefer to sell Ansu Fati over the 23-year-old attacker in the summer, reports Luis F Rojo of MARCA.
Barcelona are in need of major sales in the coming weeks so that they can generate important revenue which will enable them to sign and register players in the summer.
Ansu Fati, Ferran, and Franck Kessie are the ones being linked with an exit the strongest. Among the trio, the two forwards are understood to be reluctant to leave while the midfielder has accepted his fate and will move on if an interesting offer arrives.
However, as per the aforementioned report, as things stand, Barcelona have no plans to sell Torres. The 23-year-old arrived at the club from Manchester City in a deal worth €55 million in January last year, but has failed to live up to the expectations that came with the price tag.
In 45 appearances this term, the former Valencia ace produced a tally of seven goals and three assists, which is not good enough.
But, Xavi has faith in Torres and counts on him for the next season. The manager has confidence in the 23-year-old attacker and believes he can be important to the team in the upcoming campaign.
Instead, the Blaugrana are now more inclined towards selling Fati in the summer. The 20-year-old posted better numbers than Torres last season, finishing with ten goals and four assists across all competitions.
However, given that he is an academy graduate, Fati’s sale would mean that the entire fee that Barça receive can be written down as net profit, which will help the club with the Financial Fair Play.
As such, the preference is to sell the La Masia prodigy in the summer, with the idea being to replace him with Ez Abde, who will be back after an impressive loan spell at CA Osasuna.
Fati, for his part, is very reluctant to leave Barcelona, but his agent, Jorge Mendes, will do everything possible to convince him to move on in the coming months.
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