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Ferran Torres to spark transfer frenzy after breakout season

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Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus are all said to be keen on Ferran Torres, who could be set to spark a bidding war.

‘Next Generation’ is a series focusing on the young players tipped to establish themselves as the elite in the 2020s.

When Ferran Torres scored the fourth and final goal of Valencia’s 4-1 Champions League win over Lille in November, he further enhanced his burgeoning reputation and announced himself to another mass of admirers.

While the goal mattered little in the grand scheme of the match, and it wasn’t a contest that was likely to draw in all of the indecisive neutrals on that night, it gave him his own slice of history, becoming the first player born in 2000 to net a Champions League goal for a Spanish club.

His cool top-corner finish after an incisive run into the box will have been met with nods of approval from those being alerted to Ferran, but his talent was no secret at that point.

A skilful and direct winger capable of playing on either flank, Ferran appears destined to terrify full-backs across European football in the 2020s.

THE EXPLOSION

Despite only being 20, this is Ferran’s third season in the Valencia first-team squad and he already has 62 LaLiga appearances to his name – 20 of which have been as a starter this term.

He had only played 12 times for Valencia’s B team in the third tier before Marcelino Garcia Toral promoted him permanently to the senior side in December 2017, his LaLiga debut as the fifth-youngest player in the club’s history a rare ray of sunlight as he came off the bench in the rain during a 2-1 defeat at Eibar.

“All of us within the club were sure that we were looking at a very high-level footballer,” Marcelino told Panenka magazine earlier this month. “It was only a matter of time before he exploded, because it was clear this player had to play. He still has a significant margin for improvement, but along with [Martin] Odegaard, for me, he is one of the revelations of the season.”

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Ferran’s form for the Spain Under-19s in July further highlighted his potential, scoring the both goals in the 2-0 final win over Portugal and earning himself a spot in the Team of the Tournament.

He has since established himself in Valencia’s starting XI, taking full advantage of Goncalo Guedes’ injury absence – but with great exposure comes a greater worry for Los Che.

TEEING UP A FRENZY

Ferran and his sister Arantxa have a tattoo in common. “An anchor. It was a reminder for us not to let ourselves be sunk by anything or anyone,” she told OTRO last year.

Perhaps that should serve as a portentous warning to Valencia at this time, with Ferran’s future becoming more uncertain by the week and his contract due to expire in 2021.

While that agreement is reported to contain a €100million release clause, Valencia would rue holding out for such a figure at this point, as to do so will surely see him ultimately leave on a free transfer next year.

Local sports paper Super Deporte remain optimistic, some might say naively so. His silence in replying to an offer “should not necessarily be interpreted as a no forever”, they wrote this month, suggesting they are trying to convince themselves as much as anyone else. Strong reports elsewhere suggest he plans to depart.

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If Ferran enters the final 12 months of his contract, a transfer frenzy is bound to occur, with Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City all said to be keen admirers.

The fact of the matter is, Valencia are running out of time.

NOT THE FINISHED ARTICLE

There’s no doubting Ferran’s ability to excite – after all, only five midfielders in LaLiga have attempted more dribbles this season than his 92. But he certainly hasn’t hit his ceiling.

Ferran has many areas in which he can improve, particularly with respect to increasing his chance creation frequency.

Although his record of 21 opportunities crafted this term is by no means terrible, he is way behind Jose Campana (58), Lionel Messi (55) and Odegaard (54) leading the way in LaLiga.

His dribble map suggests a potential reason for this, as it shows that on many occasions he attempts to carry the ball, he is not in the final third of the pitch.

The greater awareness he requires should come with experience. It would be a bigger problem if he was struggling to ever find dangerous positions.

But he has touched the ball more times (51) in the opposing area than any of his midfield team-mates this term.

And while eight goal involvements (four goals, four assists) may not sound remarkable, that’s only one fewer than Odegaard – a standout performer for many this term – and no one with more than eight is younger than Ferran.

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Premier League: Manchester City Gives Liverpool its 19th Premier League Title, Ends 30 Years Title Drought

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Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.

Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift. Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool-The Magic Team

Liverpool-The Magic Team

The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.

Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.

Liverpool got the favor they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Willian’s 78th-minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.

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Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.

Liverpool In Action

Liverpool In Action

It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.

The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.

Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.

The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.

And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.

Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.

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It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.

Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.

Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.

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Liverpool-FC-Squad-2020

Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.

It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.

Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.

But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.

 

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Premier League: Tottenham Confirms One Positive Case Of Coronavirus After The Fifth Testing Exercise.

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Tottenham have confirmed they have received the only positive test for coronavirus from the fifth round of Premier League testing results.
The fifth batch of tests took place on Monday June 01 and Tuesday June 02 2020.

A statement from Tottenham reads: “We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our Training Centre”.

Due to medical confidentiality, the individual’s name will not be disclosed.

They are currently asymptomatic and will now self-isolate for seven days, in line with Premier League protocol, before undergoing further testing.

We shall continue to strictly adhere to the Premier League’s Return to Training protocol, which ensures our Training Centre remains a safe and virus-free working environment.

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

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Amazon will broadcast its remaining four games for free after Premier League resumption

The American giant, which has part of the rights of the Premier League in Great Britain, announced Wednesday that it will offer in clear its four remaining matches with the resumption of the competition, on June 17.

Good news for British supporters. As the resumption of the interrupted season approaches (June 17), the American giant of online sales Amazon announces that it will air in clear in Great Britain the four Premier League matches out of the 92 remaining to be played this season which it has the rights.

These meetings will be visible through its Prime Video online streaming service, without the need to subscribe to the Prime offer.

Free also on Sky and the BBC

Sky Sports has announced that 25 of its 64 matches will be broadcast unscrambled on its Pick channel, while the BBC obtained the rights to broadcast four matches on terrestrial television (this will be the first time that the “Beeb” will broadcast live meetings of the English elite e since 1988). A total of 33 matches will therefore be in the clear out of the 92 matches that Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime will share.

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