Manchester United target Villarreal’ 24-year-old defender


Manchester United are in advanced talks in their potential bid to sign Pau Torres. The Spaniard has been on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s list for a long time. Rafael Varane and Jules Kounde were the other targets but United are more confident in completing Torres’ transfer.

Manchester United have conceded 35 goals this season, a serious flaw that dampened their title hopes. Solksjaer has opted for Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as his center-back pairing for most of the games. The pair struggle with fast-paced attacks which forces United to play on the backfoot for good parts of the games.

The Red Devils are keen on completing the signing before Euro 2021. Real Madrid and Chelsea are in for the fast-paced center-back, however, United are in pole position.

Manchester United and Pau Torres a perfect fit?

The Old Trafford faithfuls have been asking for a fast-paced center-back ever since they realized the problem with the Maguire-Lindelof pairing. Not only is Pau Torres fast but he is also tall. Lindelof is not particularly good in the air and usually gets bullied by stronger strikers. Getting a tall player will be an added bonus.

To continue why Pau Torres would be a brilliant signing, he is left-footed. Manchester United have 4 center-backs and all of them are right-footed. Signing a left-footed defender will give them more passing angles too.

Torres has a release clause of £43.4 million and Villarreal are hoping to increase it to £56.4 million in the final days of the transfer window. The Spanish International has a contract that runs till 2024.

Situation around the deal

Real Madrid have shifted their focus to Jules Kounde and thus Torres to United is a strong possibility. Reports suggest that Torres is seeking the advice of his teammates who have played at bigger clubs.

Funnily enough Manchester United have extended Eric Bailly’s contract. Bailly is the player closest to Torres in terms of speed and input in attack but has an injury record that does not even get him to the bench. Let’s hope the Glazers don’t disappoint Ole this time, that is if they aren’t kicked out by then.

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