Four reasons Manchester United reportedly want to sign Pau Torres

Manchester United are preparing to revisit interest in Spain international Pau Torres, report The MEN.

The centre-back was considered by United last summer before the club moved to sign Raphael Varane instead.

Now with concerns still being asked over a defence which has conceded more Premier League goals than Burnley this season, United are expected to re-enter the market.

Torres is an interesting option, who is an option amid heightening calls from fans to upgrade on Harry Maguire. Here is a look at four reasons why the club are reportedly considering him…

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He has proven himself at a higher level

As if beating Manchester United with Villarreal in the Europa League final was not enough, Torres has proven himself in the Champions League this season.

Despite losing to United twice in the group stages, Torres has been outstanding in helping Villarreal reach the semi-finals, knocking out Villarreal along the way.

Knocking Liverpool in the semis could be a way to further endear himself to United supporters and impressing the club scouts.

Of course, Villarreal’s Champions League progress is a double-edged sword. Would he leave for a club not in the competition next season?

The MEN claim Torres is open to offers, and in the same way Ajax’s 2019 side broke up after their run to the semi-finals that year, the defender could take the view that this season will be the limit of how far Villarreal can go, and leave on a high.

Torres is also now a regular with Spain and is expected to play a pivotal role for his country at the World Cup.

Best years ahead of him

At 25, Torres’ best years are yet to come. In four years time he will be 29, while Harry Maguire will be 33-years-old.

Torres is the better longer term play as well as the short-term, he is on the up, while Maguire may have already begun his descent from his peak.

The defender’s contract at Villarreal only runs until 2024, so United could offer him a longer-term future with a deal for the next five seasons.

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Reliability

The biggest drawback of Raphael Varane’s first season as a Manchester United player has been his frequent injury problems.

Torres has a more reliable record, making 28 starts out of a possible 33 in La Liga this season – missing three because he was with the Spain squad at the start of the season for the Olympics.

He has also started all 10 Champions League games so far this season. United would be signing a player the club could rely upon.

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Release clause gives deal clarity

United’s transfers are always difficult with negotiations. Pau Torres’ release clause make this move a little more straightforward.

The MEN report his release clause at 60 million Euros, which is £49 million currently, a fair fee for a Spain international and Champions League semi-finalist.

Paying the clause would be the easy part, with the real challenge convincing him to swap Villarreal for a team which could be playing in the Europa Conference League next season.

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