Manchester City aren’t really known for their low-cost transfer deals, with big money moves more of the standard at the Etihad.
Look back on their recent business, though, and there’s absolutely no denying that one of their best was the capture of Ferran Torres.
The Spaniard arrived in a £20m deal from Valencia last summer and has been a revelation since, with 16 goals and four assists so far a decent return.
He’s very much a first-team star under Pep Guardiola, and that’s seen him establish himself in the Spain squad under Luis Enrique as well.
He currently sits on 12 goals in 21 games for his national side, adding another two this week in the 2-1 win over Italy to send his country to the Nations League final.
That was his fourth goal in three games on the international stage and led to even more praise in the Spanish press, who are undeniably in love with Manchester City man.
El Desmarque are very much in that mould, labelling the forward a ‘killer’ and the ‘man of the night’ from the win over Italy.
They say Torres has ‘learned to be lethal’ under Guardiola at Manchester City, and his display against Italy was not the first time he has been the star of the show.
He’s become a ‘goalscoring reference’ for Enrique’s side and six goals in seven games in the Nations League so far, with a hattrick against Germany of particular note.
This game against Italy saw him show ‘barbaric’ finishing with his first goal and then repeat the trick with his head to win the game.
It was another demonstration of his burgeoning talent and further evidence that City might have pulled off one of the bargains of the summer last year.