Manchester City star Ferran Torres is a priority target for Barcelona in the winter market and this has been made clear several times by the Catalan press.

Earlier this month, Mundo Deportivo reported the forward has already reached an agreement in principle with the La Liga side and the deal is pending for the two clubs to agree a fee.

On December 17th, we covered claims made by El Chiringuito that the deal to take the Spain international away from the Etihad in January is ‘90 percent done’. It was further stated the operation is ‘very, very advanced’.

With repeat claims of the Catalan club’s interest in Pep Guardiola’s man surfacing in recent weeks, Barcelona director of football, Mateu Alemany, was directly quizzed about the Torres links.

“We have clear ideas, we are going step by step,” Alemnay told Movistar, relayed by Sport.

Alemnay did not deny Barcelona’s interest in the City attacker. However, the Spanish side’s chief made it clear the Blaugrana must work on letting some of their players leave before bringing in new faces to the Camp Nou.

“We have many duties. The first thing is to do a financial ‘fair play’ to be able to sign. There have to be exits and actions to have the ‘fair play’, it is clear what we want, although I will not say it,” Alemnay explained.