Manchester City will not replace Ferran Torres in January

Manchester City will not replace Ferran Torres during the January transfer window and will instead renew their efforts to sign a striker next summer, sources have told ESPN.

Torres was officially confirmed as a Barcelona player on Tuesday after City accepted a €55 million offer with a further €10 million in extras.

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But rather than try to bring in another striker in January, City plan to use the money to boost their bid to sign a striker in the summer.

They still have an interest in Harry Kane, while Erling Haaland is also on their target list.

Academy graduate Cole Palmer, 19, will play a more prominent role in the second half of the season to make up for Torres’ loss.

Pep Guardiola’s team are on a run of nine consecutive Premier League wins ahead of their trip to Brentford on Wednesday.

City have another date in London three days later against Arsenal on January 1, and Guardiola says the relentless Christmas schedule is one of the reasons the English title is the hardest to win.

“Right now we have games on December 29 and January 1 — two away games against absolutely tough, tough opponents,” Guardiola said.

“The Premier League is like that. That’s why it’s the most satisfying competition if you can win it. You play against all the big teams in different conditions and you have to solve it. It will be no exception in the next two games.”

City have to do without Kyle Walker against Brentford. He has not played since being sent off in the 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League on December 7, and Guardiola declined to comment on the reasons behind his continued absence.

“He can’t be with us now because he’s not fit, that’s all I can say,” he said.

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