Barcelona’s interest in Manchester City’s Ferran Torres has been repeatedly discussed in both Spain and England since last Friday.

It’s been stressed the forward has an agreement in principle with Barca and has received approval from Pep Guardiola. Now it’s down to both clubs to agree a deal for the transfer to take place.

The Catalan club are of the belief having the approval of the Spain international could help them in the signing. That’s according to Sport.

Torres ‘would love to play’ for the La Liga side and would ‘do everything possible to ensure’ the deal goes through in January. However, ‘things are very complicated’ at the moment.

Barca and the English champions share a good relationship. They are in regular contact to assess the possibility of concluding the operation involving the ex-Valencia man.

Manchester City invested €25m [plus bonuses] on Torres in 2022. Sport say Xavi Hernández’s side estimates his value should be €40m and are not planning to pay beyond that price. They can only sign the attacker in January if the ‘transfer was made with deferred payment’.

Guardiola’s side are asking in excess of €60m, which Barcelona won’t and can’t reach. This makes his arrival at the Camp Nou in January ‘almost unfeasible’. Xavi’s side could contemplate his signing next summer, provided the price is ‘not excessive’.

This situation is now turning absurd, and, once again, the Catalan media need to remember it’s Barcelona’s job to convince Manchester City, not the reverse.