FC Barcelona 'agree deal' to sign Manchester City star

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Scroll through the gallery to see five players who
Scroll through the gallery to see five players who have played for both Manchester City and FC Barcelona
Sylvinho
Sylvinho
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero
Claudio Bravo
Claudio Bravo
Geovanni
Geovanni
Denis Suarez
Denis Suarez

FC Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign one of the Premier League leaders' attacking stars.

Per Sky Sports, the LaLiga giants have agreed to sign Spanish star Ferran Torres from the Citizens in a deal that could amount to £55 million (R1.1 billion). 

Scroll through the gallery above to see five players who have played for both City and Barca

It is reported that the LaLiga giants will pay an initial fee of £46.7 million (R980 million), plus £8.5 million (R178 million) in add-ons. 

Torres joined City from Valencia in 2020 for a fee of about £20 million (R419 million), and has gone on to make 43 appearances for the Premier League giants. 

The 21-year-old has also managed to get his hands on the 2020/21 Premier League title as well as the 2020/21 Carabao Cup in his time with the Manchester club. 

With Barca said to be in a difficult financial situation, which has seen them let go of players such as Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero has explained how the Blaugrana are able to see the potential deal through.

"First of all, there is a bank credit [loan] for Barcelona signed with Goldman Sachs, and, in the last few weeks, they have leaked to the press they have got some savings. That means a little bit of cash, but not enough to pay that amount of money," Montero told Sky Sports.

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"They have a good agreement with Manchester City, that means good payment conditions. Barcelona will pay for this transfer not in one or two years, but maybe in three, in four, in five years.

"To fulfil this move, Barcelona believes one or two players may leave."

With Torres said to be manager Xavi Hernandez's top priority for the January window, it appears he is set to become the Spaniard's second signing for the new year after Dani Alves, who will be eligible to play competitively for the Catalans from next month.

Here are some Barca stars who have been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou

Riqui Puig
Riqui Puig
Luuk de Jong
Luuk de Jong
Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti
Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho
Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele
Scroll through the gallery above to see some FC Ba
Scroll through the gallery above to see some FC Barcelona stars who have been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou