Pau Torres' agents planning to travel to discuss Manchester United move with Villarreal ready to cash in
Pau Torres’ agents are planning to travel to hold talks with Manchester United this week, claims local Villarreal newspaper El Periodico Meditteraneo.
Torres is seen as Villarreal’s top asset and the Spanish side are ready to cash in for around 50 million Euros (£42.8m), the newspaper report.
This is despite a release clause in his contract at 60m Euros. The lower price would still be a record sale for Villarreal.
No bid has yet been submitted by Manchester United at this early stage.
Pau Torres’ agents ready to hold talks
The report is important as it indicates intentions of both player and club. Villarreal are ready to sell, while Pau Torres’ agents preparing to travel to Manchester shows the defender is considering a move, too.
Last summer Torres rejected a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with the defender telling The Guardian that playing in the Champions League for his hometown club was more important than money.
Torres played a key role in helping Villarreal go on an impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.
El Periodico Meditteraneo report that while Torres’ initial preference was still to remain in La Liga, doors for moves remain closed, with Real Madrid focusing on other positions, and he is attracted by Manchester United.
Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga, entering them in the Europa Conference League for next season.
So despite Manchester United only qualifying for the Europa League, this would be an upwards step for Torres, who won the competition in 2021 at the Red Devil’s expense.
Torres was highly impressive in the final, and has become a regular international for Spain too, where he has 17 international caps.
Marca also report Manchester United’s interest in Torres, writing that the defender ‘fits perfectly’ into Erik ten Hag’s plans.
Torres, 25, has two years remaining on his contract at Villarreal, making this an ideal time for the club to cash in. Their failure to qualify for the Champions League has added to the need to sell.
The MEN reported last month United were preparing to revisit interest in Torres, and we took a look at four reasons why a move would make sense.
United’s defence has been awful this past season, with 58 goals conceded, the highest in the Premier League era.
A move for Torres could be an alternative to signing Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, although it is not impossible United buy both, with the Dutchman also able to feature at right-back.
United could sweeten the deal for Torres by throwing Eric Bailly into the mix, to potentially rejoin former club Villarreal.