If we were to name the best deal of the summer at this moment in time, Ferran Torres move to Manchester City would be right up there.
The youngster has been a revelation since arriving from Valencia in a £20.7m deal in the summer, with four goals and two assists in ten games and a hattrick against Germany recently making him look like a bargain.
There’s certainly been plenty of coverage of him in Spain, with many questioning why the big clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, didn’t sign him ahead of City.
There are also plenty of questions being asked about Valencia, who appear to have let a top talent leave for a minimal fee.
Marca cover his transfer to Manchester City today and explain that his ‘explosion’ has caused a ‘double analysis’ for Valencia.
First, people are questioning how they didn’t get a better deal for him and secondly, they want to know just how much will end up in the Mestalla’s coffers given 33% of the transfer ‘depends on objectives’.
Valencia consider the first of these as “easy to achieve” as it depends on the number of matches that he plays for Manchester City and is not locked to a specific competition.
It’s looking positive that this will be met as Torres has already established himself in the first team under Pep Guardiola and made ten appearances overall.
Thus, it looks likely he will hit the required amount, although ‘unforeseen events’ like injuries could, of course, stop that happening.
The second block is a little less attainable as it is dependant on ‘prized and individual and collective titles’.
Marca say that while it is not ‘unreasonable’ to think that City will end up paying a high percentage of that amount, they are nonetheless ‘difficult to achieve’ as they split up over the club’s various competitions and individual rewards such as Player of the Season.
The ‘best thing’ for Valencia is that they don’t have to deduct any of the money they’ve received, or could receive as training rights or for the solidarity mechanism as Torres came from their youth ranks.
An added bonus is that if Manchester City were to sell him in a ‘multimillionaire transfer’ in future, Valencia would also receive a percentage.
That is all based on the future, though, with the sentiment at the minute that City pulled off a coup with the deal they negotiated this summer.