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Xavi reveals Barcelona still unable to register Ferran Torres

By Sean Walsh
Ferran Torres has joined from Man City
Ferran Torres has joined from Man City / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Barcelona head coach Xavi has admitted the club are currently unable to register new signing Ferran Torres due to their ongoing financial woes, but are working on solutions to clear him to play.

Torres signed for Barcelona in a €55m transfer from Manchester City in recent days, returning to La Liga after spending just a season-and-a-half in the Premier League.

And while Torres is unable to officially don the red and blue of Barcelona just yet, Xavi is hopeful a solution can be found soon, and said that Ousmane Dembele - who's out of contract at the end of the season - taking a pay-cut would be helpful.

“Ferran Torres is a spectacular signing, both as a player and a person,” Xavi said at a press conference on Saturday.

"He's coming off an important injury, he has fantastic commitment, he's going to give us a lot, I've no doubt about it. He can play in different positions, I'm very happy with the effort made by the club to get him.

"We'll see how the salary cap situation is, if it's possible right away. There has to be players leaving. If we get Dembele to re-sign his contract and lower his pay it will allow us to sign Torres and we hope that it can happen.

“His greatest virtue is his personality, he's very ambitious, excited, implicated with a high commitment, you can see it in his eyes. The mentality he has is tremendous, hopefully you will be able to see it soon.

"He can adapt to three attack positions in attack, he's a manager's dream. He can score goals, aerial abilities, he's a very complete player. He's going to help us without a shadow of a doubt.

"His mentality, his commitment. He goes well upside down, wins duels. He really wants to play and he’s going to give us a lot, I’m convinced."

Xavi elaborated on Barcelona's need to shift players, adding: “The exits are being worked on. The market starts today and there is a month left. Many things have to be valued but for players to come, others have to leave, that is very clear.”