Transfer Talk: Manchester giants set for Torres tussle
Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to fight it out for Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
Commanding centre-half Torres, 25, has enjoyed a sensational campaign with the Yellow Submarine, who take on Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
But the player is ready for a fresh challenge once the campaign is over according to reports in his homeland — putting both Manchester clubs on red alert.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens have been stretched in defence in recent weeks with several key figures nursing injuries.
And having acquired Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, the Premier League leaders have previous success when it comes to raiding the LaLiga market for centre-backs.
Meanwhile, incoming Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag is set for a busy summer with a raft of incomings and outgoings expected at Old Trafford.
Intense scrutiny over the performances of United’s current first-choice defenders, most notably England regular Harry Maguire, means new additions in the backline appear likely.
A Spanish international, Torres was close to joining Tottenham in a £42million move last summer but the player is said to have eventually refused the switch.
He has over two years remaining on his current contract with a £60m release clause also thought to be in play.
However, Villarreal would supposedly consider offers closer to the £50m range should the player express a desire to move on.
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