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Barcelona director addresses links with Man City forward after personal terms solved

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Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has spoken about the club’s potential capture of 21-year-old Ferran Torres.

The Man City forward is a top target for Barcelona boss Xavi as he looks to improve his attack in January. The Spanish giants lost Sergio Aguero to retirement recently, while Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite are not up to scratch.

Xavi’s side believe a deal is there to be struck, despite their financial issues. They will need to offload a couple of players before Torres can join.

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Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano gave an update on the potential move earlier this week. He said Torres had agreed personal terms with Barca.

The Spaniard is eager to represent one of the biggest clubs in his homeland, despite being happy at Man City.

However, there is yet to be an agreement over the transfer fee. City are unwilling to accept less than €60m, whereas Barca do not want to pay more than €50m.

That has led to a stalemate between the two clubs as we head towards the new year.

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Alemany was asked about the links during a recent interview with Spanish outlet Sport. He said (via Football Espana): “We have clear ideas. We are going step by step.”

It appears the five-time Champions League winners are keeping their cards close to their chest before the window re-opens.

Torres is not the only City forward on Barca’s radar, as England international Raheem Sterling has also been linked.

On Sterling’s potential move to Catalonia, Pep Guardiola said last month: “If Barcelona are interested in any of our players, I am convinced that they can get them. Barca continues to be an attractive club.

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“Barca can use their media to influence signings. They can do what they want, good or bad.”

Star would ‘work really well’ at Man City

Meanwhile, pundit Pat Nevin has tipped Kyogo Furuhashi to join City or Liverpool in the future.

The winger is in electric form for Celtic, reaching 16 goals in just 25 matches this season.

Nevin said: “There’s a lot of clubs that will be watching him right this second. I think he’d be best suited for a Liverpool or a Manchester City. He’d work really, really well there.

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“I suspect he would probably have to take a step before he made that one. He would go to one of the other clubs lower down the table, similar to the way Van Dijk did. From Southampton to Liverpool.

“Furuhashi, if I’m looking at Scotland right now, by a distance is the one teams should be looking at.”

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Van Bronckhorst wants late midfield signing after losing top Rangers star for the season

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Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is set to dip into the transfer market after midfielder Ianis Hagi was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Romania international suffered a knee injury during his team’s Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion at Ibrox on Friday night and had an operation in London.

Ahead of Rangers’ Premiership game against Livingston at Ibrox on Wednesday night, where midfielders Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are back in contention, Van Bronckhorst said: “He had a knee operation. He needed reconstruction. We won’t see him this season.

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“It is a serious injury so it is bad news. It is a big blow. An important player is not available for the coming months so we are looking to add a player to the squad. But he needs to be a player we think is right.

“You don’t want players in to make up the numbers. You want to have the balance in the team also good. But we are definitely looking to add a player in the coming days.

“I spoke to Ianis this morning, he is in a good place, of course not happy that he has the injury and needed the operation but he’s positive and focused on his recovery.

“We won’t have him for months so that is the bad news for us, the good news is we have Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield back in the squad tomorrow.”

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Players returning at the right time

As well as having Jack and Arfield available for selection, attacker Joe Aribo is on his way back from the Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria were beaten by Tunisia in the last-16.

Van Bronckhorst said: “It is good to have Joe back. It was not a good result for him at the weekend. It is sad for Joe that he couldn’t play on in the tournament.

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“He is travelling back today and he will be back in Glasgow tonight. So we have to assess him if it is smart for him to be in the squad tomorrow. He will for sure be available for the weekend and after that.”

Van Bronckhorst is expecting a tough test against Livi, whom Rangers beat 3-1 in West Lothian in November.

He said: “We have to make sure we keep our standards and our way of playing and make sure we go for 90 minutes to win the three points.

“They have shown this season already that they can be very hard to beat. In the away game, we had a tough game and scored the third goal later than we wanted.

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“They are quite a good team with a good spirit, they keep it compact. So we have to make sure we are on top of the game to get the three points.”

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Van Bronckhorst wants late midfield signing after losing top Rangers star for the season

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Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is set to dip into the transfer market after midfielder Ianis Hagi was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Romania international suffered a knee injury during his team’s Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion at Ibrox on Friday night and had an operation in London.

Ahead of Rangers’ Premiership game against Livingston at Ibrox on Wednesday night, where midfielders Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are back in contention, Van Bronckhorst said: “He had a knee operation. He needed reconstruction. We won’t see him this season.

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“It is a serious injury so it is bad news. It is a big blow. An important player is not available for the coming months so we are looking to add a player to the squad. But he needs to be a player we think is right.

“You don’t want players in to make up the numbers. You want to have the balance in the team also good. But we are definitely looking to add a player in the coming days.

“I spoke to Ianis this morning, he is in a good place, of course not happy that he has the injury and needed the operation but he’s positive and focused on his recovery.

“We won’t have him for months so that is the bad news for us, the good news is we have Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield back in the squad tomorrow.”

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Players returning at the right time

As well as having Jack and Arfield available for selection, attacker Joe Aribo is on his way back from the Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria were beaten by Tunisia in the last-16.

Van Bronckhorst said: “It is good to have Joe back. It was not a good result for him at the weekend. It is sad for Joe that he couldn’t play on in the tournament.

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“He is travelling back today and he will be back in Glasgow tonight. So we have to assess him if it is smart for him to be in the squad tomorrow. He will for sure be available for the weekend and after that.”

Van Bronckhorst is expecting a tough test against Livi, whom Rangers beat 3-1 in West Lothian in November.

He said: “We have to make sure we keep our standards and our way of playing and make sure we go for 90 minutes to win the three points.

“They have shown this season already that they can be very hard to beat. In the away game, we had a tough game and scored the third goal later than we wanted.

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“They are quite a good team with a good spirit, they keep it compact. So we have to make sure we are on top of the game to get the three points.”

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