Just a day after reports emerged that Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling to sign Racing Santander star Pablo Torre, a new MARCA update claims the Catalans have taken a lead over their rivals in the pursuit of the 18 year old prodigy. .
Torre came through the ranks at Racing Santander and made his breakthrough into the first team in 2020. While he enjoyed quite a productive debut season, the teenager has stepped up his game in the current campaign, racking up six goals and seven assists in 23 matches. .
The attacking midfielder also impressed for the Spain U-19 side, scoring three goals in six appearances. His performances and style of play have led to comparisons with Barcelona and Spain stalwart Pedri and it looks like the Catalans are now leading the race to land him.
According to the report, Real Madrid were the first to approach Torre before Christmas and even met the player and his family in January as they became aware of Barca’s growing interest.
the Merengues were even prepared to make a significant financial commitment to attract him to The fabric. However, the Blaugrana have taken the lead in the race, with the report claiming the presence of manager Xavi Hernandez was a major factor there.
Under the 42-year-old manager, Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Ez Abde have improved a lot at Camp Nou in recent months. So that might have been playing on young Torre’s mind, while it also helps that he has the same agent as Xavi.
Moreover, it is claimed that Real Madrid have doubts about their long-term success which could have tipped the balance in favor of Barcelona.
The 18-year-old has a release clause worth €10m but it’s accepted that a lower amount will be negotiated. A deal similar to Pedri’s, which was initially worth €5m but can go up to €20m due to bonuses and variables, could be the way to go.
And although Barcelona are top, there is still plenty of competition outside of Real Madrid in Real Sociedad, Ajax, Arsenal and FC Twente. As things stand, however, Xavi’s presence seems to benefit the Catalans in the transfer market.