The Spain international is the subject of intense negotiations with Barcelona, which are willing to put €40m cash on the table for the attacker.
However, Torres was close to joining Real when coming through at Valencia, says Mundo Deportivo.
A young Torres even visited the Valdebebas training centre during negotiations. At that time, his VCF contract carried a buyout clause of €8m.
Ultimately, Torres ended up staying with Valencia before being sold to City last year.
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