Manchester City have completed the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on a five-year contract.
The 20-year-old made 44 appearances for the LaLiga side last term, scoring six goals, and joins Pep Guardiola’s squad in a £37million deal. The deal see’s the Spaniard moving for an initial £20.9million with the rest to be paid in add-ons.
Torres told the City official website: “I am so happy to be joining City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.”
He also dropped an emotional farewell video for his old Club, Valencia on Twitter.
Me esperan nuevos retos. Muchas gracias, Valencia.
New challenges await. Thank you very much, Valencia. pic.twitter.com/XSq1kdz5AZ
— Ferran Torres (@FerranTorres20) August 4, 2020
Torres was wanted by a host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Juventus. However, the young attacker, who can also play through the middle, opted to move to the Premier League and is Guardiola‘s first signing of the summer transfer window.
City are looking to take the Premier League title back from the clutches of Liverpool, who won the top-flight with seven games to go in the 2019-20.
Torres came through the youth ranks at Valencia, having first joined the club at the age of seven, and is a popular player amongst the supporters of the LaLiga side.
His old club sent him a touching farewell message to recognise his 13 years associated with the club. The official Valencia Twitter account said: “You arrived at our Academy at 7 years old. We have been by your side through all this time seeing you grow as a footballer and as a person. At this point you have decided to separate our paths. @FerranTorres20, we wish you the best with @ManCity”
You arrived at our Academy at 7 years old. We have been by your side through all this time seeing you grow as a footballer and as a person. At this point you have decided to separate our paths. @FerranTorres20, we wish you the best with @ManCity
— Valencia CF 🦇🍊🌊 (@valenciacf_en) August 4, 2020
Overall, Torres made 97 appearances for the Valencia first-team in all competitions, scoring nine goals.