Laporta

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly promised two new signings this January following Sergio Aguero’s shock retirement as the Catalans search for reinforcements.

Former Manchester City star Aguero, 33, joined the LaLiga giants in the summer but on Wednesday was forced to retire due to a heart problem.

The cash-strapped Catalans – who are saddled by debts exceeding £1billion – are in desperate need of new signings after their worst start to a season in 34 years, with club legend Xavi tasked with turning the tide after Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

And Spanish outlet Cadena Ser via Barca Universal reports that club president Laporta has promised his new manager that he will bring in reinforcements in January.

Aguero’s former City team-mate, Ferran Torres, is understood to be one of the club’s main targets next month.

The 21-year-old has made just seven appearances under Pep Guardiola this season, although that is attributed in large part to a fractured foot injury sustained in October.

Torres’ versatility in being able to play across the front three positions is understood to appeal to Xavi and the Barcelona boss could use his close ties with former mentor Guardiola to help sign the Spaniard in January.

Anthony Martial is also reportedly on Barcelona’s radar, with the Frenchman pining for a Manchester United exit next month.

Last week, the 26-year-old’s agent revealed that Martial is desperate for a new challenge having faced limited game time at Old Trafford this season.

‘He just needs to play,’ his agent, Philippe Lamboley, said last week. ‘He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.’

Martial’s United team-mate Edinson Cavani is also reportedly a target, as is Basel striker Arthur Cabral.

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