Barcelona attacker Ferran Torres nearly joined Juventus before he joined Manchester City, according to one of his representatives.
Hector Peris Ros is the CEO of Leaderbrock Sports – an agency involved in the deal for Torres.
Torres joined City in 2020 after leaving Valencia. The Manchester club paid €23 million for his services and gave him a contract until 2025.
Ros told La Gazzetta dello Sport that negotiations with Juventus were at an advanced stage. However, when City entered the race, he preferred going to England.
“It was the summer of 2020, and we knew he (Torres) would leave Valencia for a big European name,” he said.
“With Juve, and in particular with Fabio Paratici, we were so far ahead in the negotiations that we were looking for a home in Turin.
“But the Bianconeri were unable to meet Valencia’s request. Manchester City entered the deal, and Ferran Torres went to England before returning to Spain, to Barcelona.”
Torres scored 16 goals and assisted four more in 43 appearances before a move to Barcelona in January 2022.
The Spanish international signed a five-year contract until June 2027, with a buyout clause of €1 billion.
Torres has struggled to make an impact at Barcelona, with game time hard to come by. Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha and Ansu Fati are ahead of him in the pecking order.
He could get chances after performing admirably off the bench against Real Madrid in El Clasico. Torres scored the Catalan club’s only goal and looked lively on the right side of the attack.
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