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Xavi will play Ferran Torres in the No 9 and give up his role as a natural winger following the Man City star’s move to Barcelona

FERRAN TORRES is tipped to be tasked with leading the charge for Barcelona if his move from Manchester City takes place next month.

The The Spanish giants have agreed a £55m deal with The Citizens to bring the 21-year-old back to Spain – less than two years after arriving in England.

Manchester City striker Ferran Torres is expected to join Barcelona in the January transfer window

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Manchester City striker Ferran Torres is expected to join Barcelona in the January transfer windowCredit: PA

Man City appreciate the player who made 22 caps for Spain away from Valencia in August 2020, with the striker scoring 16 goals in 43 games under Pep Guardiola.

But he is now ready to leave in January after Barca took a bank loan to secure his services.

Primarily a winger, Torres will be given a central role at the Nou Camp under coach Xavi.

That’s according to Sport, who thinks the former Al Sadd gaffer wants his countryman to be Barcelona’s new No.

Though they say he can play on the flanks if needed if Ansu Fati, Ez Abde and Ousmane Dembele are unavailable.

Of the seven matches that Torres has appeared in City before breaking a metatarsal on international duty in October, he played as a central defender for the club.

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Guardiola Unable to replace Sergio Aguero, he chose to entrust Torres instead.

And he has impressed in his new role – scoring three goals and an assist.

Coach Guardiola of Man City ruled out buying a striker in the new year to replace Torres when he confirmed that the player had asked him to leave the Etihad.

When pressed on whether he will be active in the upcoming transfer window, Guardiola commented: “No, we won’t bring in a striker in January.”

Before adding: “He’s from Spain, Barcelona knocks on the door and I understand why he wants to leave.

“When he knocked on my door and said ‘I want to go,’ I said ‘leave. Call Txiki, call your smart agent, try to make a deal. If you can, do it’.

“I cannot convince the players to do something when their minds are not here. Does not make any sense.”

Torres is ready to leave Etihad after only linking with The Citizens in August 2020

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Torres is ready to leave Etihad after only linking with The Citizens in August 2020Credit: Getty

Asked if he would be disappointed if Torres left, he said: “Absolutely not. I want the happiness of my players. I have said many times.

“I told him when he came to me and with many players, if you are not happy, you have to leave.

“A career is short, it’s done in one day. If he wants to leave, I won’t be disappointed. That’s his wish, if the clubs come to an agreement, I’m happy for him.”

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