Manchester United urgently need to address the lack of creativity and squad depth, and in Ferran Torres, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should target a player that ticks both those boxes.
Juan Mata is the man who is meant to be bringing the Spanish flair and guile to the United side, but the former Valencia man’s best football looks behind him.
Solskjaer should be instead be targeting Valencia’s latest prodigy, Torres.
Who is Ferran Torres?
After progressing through the youth system at Valencia, Torres is now in his third season with the senior side and became the club’s youngest Champions League goalscorer when he netted against Lille.
The 19-year-old is one of the most highly sought after youngsters in European football and has already accumulated more than 70 games for Valencia’s first team.
A right winger with superb technical ability and an eye for goal, the Spanish Under-21 international has become a key part of Albert Celades’ side.
In his last 11 games, Torres has scored 4 goals and registered 3 assists, he is in red hot form for Los Che.
Torres’ current contract may have a release clause of €100m (£85m) but his current deal expires in 2021, which may force Valencia’s hand if Torres doesn’t sign a new one.
What would he bring to Old Trafford?
Torres has been gaining quite a reputation since breaking into the Valencia first team aged 17. He also gained stardom after scoring both goals for Spain as they won 2-0 in the U19s Euros final.
With Solskjaer desperate to add competition and depth to a talented front three, the Spaniard could be an excellent addition. He moves the ball well, has an eye for a pass and most importantly – he’s young, he fits the profile of player Solskjaer is eager to bring to the club.
He showed in the final Champions League group game against Ajax, in what was a group decider, that he has the vision and awareness to unlock defences when it matters the most.
Similar to Jadon Sancho, all of the European heavyweights are going to be circling ready to pounce if Torres sees his future away from the Mestalla.
If he continues his impressive form for the rest of the campaign he could make a late charge for Luis Enrique’s Spanish Euro 2020 squad, which would add to his ever growing transfer value.
Having compatriots Mata and David de Gea at the club would help Torres settle. It is up to Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to go and land one of hottest properties around.
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