Barcelona beat Real Madrid to Pablo Torre deal

Barcelona have signed Pablo Torre from Racing Santander, the LaLiga club announced on Friday, beating Real Madrid to land the talented youngster.

Torre is viewed as a potential future star but will initially feature for the club's reserve team Barcelona B beginning this summer, before challenging for a first-team place in the medium term.

Barcelona stated the transfer fee was €5m with the amount potentially reaching €20m based on variables.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder is now signed with the Blaugrana through June 2026, with a release clause of €100 million.

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A number of top teams including Madrid had been tracking Torre, who has been starring for Racing this season, but Barca moved to wrap up negotiations on Friday.

The Spain Under-19 international has scored six goals in 21 appearances -- 18 of them starts -- for Racing to help them top their group in the Primera RFEF, the third tier of Spanish football.

Barca have made a habit of prioritising emerging Spanish talent, signing Pedri from Las Palmas in 2019 and promoting academy youngsters such as Gavi and Nico to the first team.