New Barca Signing Torres And Pedri Test Positive For Covid

Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Barcelona’s new recruit Ferran Torres and his teammate Pedri have both tested positive for Covid-19, the club announced on Monday in a statement.

The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal.

Torres only signed from Manchester City last week and was presented with his Barca jersey at a press conference at the Camp Nou just hours before the announcement of his positive test.

“Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are in isolation at their homes,” said Barca.

Midfielder Pedri, 19, was a key player for Spain as they reached the semi-finals of the European Championship and won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21 at the Ballon d’Or awards in November.

The two new positive tests are the latest blow for the Catalan club which, like many other clubs in La Liga, has been hit hard by Covid.

Coach Xavi Hernandez unsuccessfully asked for Sunday’s match against Mallorca to be postponed after he revealed he was missing 17 players, including 10 because of Covid.

Barca scratched out a 1-0 win, climbing to fifth in the table, 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid.

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