Real Madrid intent on ruining Man City striker plans with fifth transfer approach

Date published: Friday 8th October 2021 4:24 - Steve Pearson

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Real Madrid are hoping it’s fifth time lucky after a Spanish report claimed they are determined to scuttle Pep Guardiola’s Man City plans up front.

Manchester City entered the season light of genuine options to spearhead their attack. The club sought to land a major name when bidding for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane over the summer. Unfortunately for the reigning champions, Daniel Levy lived up to his reputation as football’s toughest negotiator.

In traditional terms, the only senior striker now on their books is Gabriel Jesus. However, the Brazilian has often been deployed on the right wing this season.

Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are capable of playing as a false nine. However, the early season form of Ferran Torres gave hope the young Spaniard could fill the void.

Torres has looked lively when deployed at No 9 and his willingness to run in behind opens space for Man City’s wealth of schemers pulling the strings from deep.

The 21-year-old has been in even better form for his country this year. In 2021 alone, Torres has scored eight times for Spain including a brace against Euro 2020 champions Italy on Wednesday night.

But per Spanish outlet AS (via Goal), Torres is once again in the crosshairs of Real Madrid.

That is seemingly nothing new for Torres after the publication declared he has been the subject of Real approaches on four previous occasions.

The latest came last season when it became apparent Torres would leave Valencia.

However, Real reportedly hoped Torres would be content to wait a year before arriving as a free agent. Torres had other plans, opting to sign for Man City in a deal worth £20.8m.

But in typical Los Blancos fashion, they are not prepared to readily admit defeat. Indeed, Goal (citing AS) conclude Torres will again become a ‘transfer target’ for Real in the ‘near future’.


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Man City target will keep rejecting Pep’s approaches

Meanwhile, Luca Netz, who was the subject of transfer interest from Manchester City has explained why he’ll keep rejecting ‘nonsense’ transfers to the Etihad.

18-year-old Luca Netz left Hertha Berlin this summer for Borussia Monchengladbach. A £3.6m fee was paid to land the left-back, though Netz recently revealed he could’ve signed for Manchester City as a 15-year-old.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild (via the Sun), Netz said: “I think it’s nonsense to switch to Man City at such a young age. Even if I were to get another offer now, I would turn it down.

Now, Netz has doubled down on that sentiment, telling Sky Germany (via Sport Witness) why he would still reject a Man City approach if another arrived today.

“I hardly heard about the offer myself. My father told me that a scout from Manchester City had enquired, but that wasn’t a big issue.

“For me, the transfer would have come too soon. I’m still too young for the Premier League and Manchester City. It’s a huge club. I don’t think I would have got game time there.”

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