There’s an awful lot of opinion in Spain about Ferran Torres moving to Manchester City. The deal is pretty much seen as done, and the fee Valencia will receive is far less than had been thought the case a few months ago.
Torres has been criticised for running his contract down at Valencia. Given he now has less than a year left on his current deal, the club have been under pressure to sell him, and that’s helped City agree a deal which Mundo Deportivo put at €23m plus a further €12m in potential bonus payments.
Due to the bargain price, Txiki Begiristain gets a lot of praise and is credited with masterminding the deal and getting it done, as other clubs, who Mundo clearly believe should have been interested, sat back and watched Manchester City swoop in.
Mundo state the financial situation of La Liga’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and ‘even’ Sevilla named, must be ‘very, very bad’ if they’ve not tried to fight for Torres.
Having sold Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich for what Mundo claim is €50m plus €10m in bonuses, and bought Torres for half of that, it’s insisted Begiristain has ‘sold well, and bought better’.
Ferran Torres is clearly very highly rated by the Spanish sport media.