Barcelona’s elimination from the Champions League has led them to ‘accelerate’ talks with Manchester City for Ferran Torres.

That’s according to Sport, who say talks between the two clubs are ‘intensifying’ as the Spanish club are determined to sign the Spaniard.

The newspaper explains that Barca chief Mateo Alemany recently travelled to the north of England to meet with Manchester City officials and try to reach an agreement over Torres.

They can only pay for the forward in instalments, but City are not willing to make ‘make things easy’ for their Catalan counterparts.

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Xavi is ‘insisting’ that Torres be signed, though, because he believes that the forward can solve the club’s offensive problems at this moment in time.

Their elimination from the Champions League has ‘accelerated the contacts’ between the two clubs so that Torres can move to the Nou Camp in January.

Barcelona have to solve how they are going to pay Manchester City, though, and get rid of players like Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti to free up salary space so that Torres can be registered.

While some reports have stated there is already an agreement between the two clubs, that is something neither Barcelona nor Manchester City have confirmed.

In fact, Barcelona believe the transfer is an ‘uphill’ task at this moment in time, despite them not giving up their attempts to get a deal over the line.