Arsenal are reportedly keen on securing the services of Spanish forward Ferran Torres from FC Barcelona, as Mikel Arteta aims to bolster his attacking options.
Since the Spaniard took charge of Arsenal in 2019, the club has had a keen interest in the 23-year-old. With Barcelona considering him surplus to requirements for the upcoming season under Xavi Hernandez, the Spanish champions are open to loaning him out during the summer transfer window.
Barcelona have expressed willingness to let Torres go on loan if a suitable club can be found, with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the loan spell. This arrangement aligns with Arsenal’s desire to strengthen their squad without making substantial financial investments in players who may primarily serve as squad options, having already spent over £200 million this summer with the addition of Kai Havertz from Chelsea, Jurrien Timber from Ajax and Declan Rice from West Ham United.
Ferran Torres first rose to prominence during his tenure at Valencia, his boyhood club, before moving to Manchester City. Despite being a rotational player for the Premier League champions, he showcased impressive performances, contributing significantly to their success.
However, Torres yearned for a more prominent role and made a €55 million move to Barcelona 18 months ago. Unfortunately, his time at the Catalan club has not panned out as expected, with limited opportunities and a backup role under Xavi Hernandez. While he has made 71 appearances for Barcelona, his record of 14 goals and nine assists has not met the expectations set for him.
Despite his struggles, Torres remains highly regarded as a young talent. Recent reports have linked him with potential moves to Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Newcastle United. However, the player himself has expressed defiance regarding a possible summer departure, specifically ruling out Aston Villa as his preferred destination. Furthermore, Torres has shown reluctance to leave Barcelona, though the club is aware that they cannot recoup the €55 million spent on acquiring him.
With both parties seeking a resolution, Barcelona are open to a loan-to-buy arrangement, allowing Torres to pursue regular playing time elsewhere while retaining the option to impress Xavi Hernandez during the pre-season campaign. A successful loan spell could provide the catalyst for a career resurgence in the 2023/24 season for the young Spanish international.