FC Barcelona are reportedly leading Real Madrid in the race to sign Santander’s Pablo Torre

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FC Barcelona are tipped to beat bitter rivals Real Madrid to the signing of a Spanish pearl in Pablo Torre which could be made as early as Friday, according to reports.

Rampant inflation in the transfer market has caused big clubs to look towards young promises as opposed to established stars, with Barca’s debts around the $1.5bn mark also a factor in this.

While also scouring Brazil and in particular Santos for the stars of tomorrow, the Blaugrana are casting their nest domestically which has led them to Torre.

Torre is under contract at current club Racing Santander – who he has been fighting to help gain promotion from the Primera Division RFEF – until 2025, but has reportedly already agreed to leave this summer to take a step forward in his career.

Real Madrid have been working on landing the 18-year-old for quite some time too, AS say, but Sport allege that Barca have entered the race to capture him with “great force” and are winning it as things stand.

Aiding the Catalans in their plight is the excellent relationship the club has with Torre’s agent Arturo Canales, who also represents first team coach Xavi Hernandez and one of its captains in Gerard Pique.

Torre is already an established international with Spain’s youth teams such as the u-19s where he has scored three goals in six caps, and had offers to leave Racing Santander before deciding to stay another season and help them with promotion.

He has made 21 appearances this term complemented by six goals and six assists to help his club top the league level on points with Deportivo La Coruna, and any interested party will have to make an offer considerably higher than his current €1mn ($1.1mn) price tag on Transfermarkt.

A right-footed attacking midfielder who could provide competition to the likes of fellow teenagers Gavi and Pedri in Xavi’s first XI plans, Torre is believed to have a €10mn (11mn) release clause in his current deal which both Barca and Real Madrid could afford.

Due to this, the successful bidder will be whichever outfit can offer the youngster and his camp the most attractive sporting project moving forward. And the Catalan media now says that Barca are closing in on Torre for a figure lower than the termination fee with his signing “imminent”.

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