Manchester City are ready to sanction Ferran Torres’ January departure to Barcelona, 90min understands.
The Spain international has made it clear to Pep Guardiola and the club’s hierarchy that he would like the chance to become a part of Xavi’s new regime at Camp Nou.
The newly-appointed Barça boss wants to bolster his squad in January, but he knows the club will be restricted financially - especially with the existing group in need of trimming.
Striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed his retirement having been diagnosed with a heart condition, and the saving Barcelona will make on the former City star's wages could aid their pursuit of his ex-teammate
The Blaugrana's options will be limited in the new year, but it does not mean they won’t be able to make any significant moves.
Man City's fringe players have been in their sights for a while. 90min revealed that Barça had made contact over Raheem Sterling and Torres - both of whom have previously indicated they would like the chance to move on.
The Catalans had been contemplating a loan deal for Sterling initially, but recent weeks have seen the England star battle his way back into Guardiola's plans and 90min understands that that deal is off the table. Indeed, contract talks with the former Liverpool man are now more than likely to be revisited early in early 2022.
Torres, though, remains very much a target that Barcelona feel is achievable and sources close to the deal believe it is getting close to being agreed.
"The player's camp firmly believe this will happen in January, and their hope is it will be agreed before the new year," a source told 90min.
City are ready to let him leave on a permanent basis they will demand a fee of more than £60m for a player they paid Valencia just over £20m for in August 2020.
Barcelona are hoping that City could agree to an initial loan with an obligation to buy in the summer - although it remains to be seen if that will be accepted. Either way, the chances of Torres getting his wish of a move back to Spain have increased substantially in the last week.