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Agent Ferran schemes to lure Man City star to Barcelona; move would leave Guardiola perilously short

Man City trio Zinchenko, Pep Guardiola and Ruben Dias

Ferran Torres is driving the idea of Barcelona snapping up a Man City star in a move that would necessitate a new summer arrival at the Etihad, per a report.

Torres, 22, returned to Spain in January when joining Barcelona on a permanent deal. The forward had shown a glimpse of what was to come in his future last season when bagging 13 goals in his maiden campaign in Manchester.

However, the lure of joining Barcelona was too great, and an agreement was struck with Man City for a €55m transfer in January.

Unsurprisingly, Torres has hit the ground running at the Camp Nou.

He has six goals and five assists to his name in his first 14 outings. Since the January window closed, Barcelona have embarked on an 11-match unbeaten streak, winning eight.

Torres’ absence has not bee a huge loss for City given the sheer wealth of options they possess in the final third.

However, according to Caught Offside, Torres is pushing Barcelona to sign a second City player, and that deal would leave Pep’s side light.

The outlet states Torres has recommended Barcelona forge an agreement to snag Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko exit would spark City spend

The Ukrainian international, 25, has been a capable and dependable performer whenever called upon by Guardiola. However, given Joao Cancelo has developed into a truly elite full-back, those chances have been fleeting.

City’s expensively assembled squad boasts very few weaknesses with regards to depth. However, full-back is one of them after Benajmin Mendy was not directly replaced. The Frenchman remains out of the equation amid an ongoing police investigation.

As such, City have just three full-backs to call upon in their first-team squad – Kyle Walker, Cancelo and Zinchenko.

The likes of John Stones can operate at right-back, while Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte have deputised on the left. The centre-backs are able deputies, though that is not a route Guardiola wishes to walk too often.

Barcelona are reportedly on the hunt for a new left-back this summer. Jordi Alba has little competition to speak of at present. He is also now in the autumn of his career aged 33 anyway.

The likes of Alex Grimaldo and Alex Moreno have been linked. But if Torres has his way, Zinchenko will be the man to the make the switch.

In the event he does move to Spain, City would almost certainly dip into the market to address their full-back depth.