“I can tell you that there have been discussions with Villarreal over a deal for Pau Torres, their Spain international, who is now 23 years of age, recently signed a contract last year until 2024.” Castles stated.
Having come through the ranks at Villarreal FC, the 23-year-old centre-half established himself as a key figure in the team last season after returning from an initial breakthrough loan at Malaga in the Spanish second tier in 18/19.
What Will The Spanish Defensive Ace Bring To The Theatre Of Dreams?
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is reportedly ‘looking and asking’ for a left-footed centre-back to try and solve their issues at the back. Besides, he wishes to have someone who fits his system well and can partner with Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.
Well, as the stats show, the Spanish international certainly ticks all the boxes mentioned above. Torres has attempted 3.74 passes per 90 minutes which travels longer than 40 yards, at an average rate of 77.6%, besides making 6.57 passes per game while being pressed. These figures not only underline his capabilities of holding on to the ball when needed but also how he can pick up the right man on the other side of the pitch to start counter-attacks effortlessly – an essential element of Ole’s style. Standing at 1.91m, Torres has won almost half of his aerial duels while making 4.7 clearances per game, thereby asserting his dominance in and around the 18-yard-box.
His numbers have been impressive as he played 36 games across all competitions for the Yellow Submarine last season and was, by far, their best player.
(stats from WhoScored)
Should Ole Go In With An Offer For Torres?
While signing a centre-back might not be the Norwegian’s top priority in the upcoming transfer window, it’s beyond any doubt that the Red Devils certainly need to upgrade on their options at the back. However, United have some serious liabilities to deal with – Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Eric Bailly – before they bring in more players to fulfil the position.
His move to the Old Trafford will mean that he instantly competes with Lindelof for a position in the starting XI, keeping the Swedish international on his knees.
At 23, Torres will only get better with each season, so it won’t be a complete surprise if United break the bank to secure Torres’ signature. His inclusion will certainly make a great difference to Ole’s side.