Barcelona are still said to be interested in Raheem Sterling despite their imminent acquisition of Ferran Torres, while City reportedly ready to ‘reinvent’ their attack.
Manchester City tend to thrive at this point in the Premier League season.
While manager Pep Guardiola may not be blessed with a plethora of centre-forwards to call on, in every other area of the field the team has incredible depth. It means rotation throughout a heavy schedule leads to little drop off in class.
Even so, the impending sale of Ferran Torres does leave a gap in City’s squad at the top end of the pitch and while it would be a surprise to see the Premier League leaders splash the cash mid-season, surely moves are being plotted with the summer in mind.
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Sterling still a Barcelona target
According to Eurosport, Barcelona’s imminent acquisition of Torres has not dampened their enthusiasm to sign Raheem Sterling from City as well.
Sterling’s future has been a topic of discussion all season and while the England international has recently enjoyed a run in the team again, he’s still yet to agree an extension to his contract that expires in 2023.
In the report, it’s said Barcelona are hoping to capitalise on the situation, with new manager Xavi a big admirer of Sterling.
“Much will depend on how their squad is able to shape up over the next six months but while finding the cash for a transfer and wages looks problematic right now, they have found a way around the Ferran situation and a lot can change between now and the summer,” the report continued.
City to ‘reinvent’ front line
With Torres and possibly Sterling on the move, it’s suggested by Eurosport that City are looking to “reinvent” their front line.
After Sergio Aguero left the Etihad Stadium in the summer, City opted against signing a direct replacement. Sterling and Torres have both been used as the team’s centre-forward this season, although there’s a decent chance both will be elsewhere next term.
While any January acquisition appears to be unlikely, City are reportedly ready to restructure their attack, with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund sharpshooter Erling Haaland among their targets.
Barcelona’s Torres plan
According to Sport (h/t Football Espana), Barcelona will look to use Torres as their central striker when he does arrive at the Camp Nou.
City have experimented with the Spain international in the centre-forward berth since he arrived from Valencia last summer and he’s shown glimpses of the striking instinct needed to be a success in the position.
Like City, Barcelona are without a high-class number nine in their squad, with former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay frequently being used at the point of the attack this season.