Recent reports from The Mirror suggest that Villarreal defender Pau Torres is interested in moving to Old Trafford this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to add to his options at the back.
The report further states that the Norwegian tactician prioritises a move for a new centre-back in the upcoming transfer window, and Torres is being viewed as the ideal candidate to partner skipper Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s backline.
The Spaniard is believed to have a release clause in the region of €60million in his current contract, but a report from The Sun claims that the price might go further down if Villarreal fail to secure a Europa League spot this season.
What Will The Spanish Defensive Ace Bring To The Theatre Of Dreams?
Having come through the ranks at Villarreal FC, the 24-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 2018/19.
The Spanish international managed to put up some impressive numbers on the board before picking up an unfortunate muscle injury at the start of the month. Torres averages 0.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, and 0.8 blocks per 90 minutes in the La Liga (calculated over 26 appearances). Moreover, with 4.5 long balls played per game with an overall pass accuracy of 87.8%, he has been one of the standout performers of his side this term. These numbers 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 – the main element of Solskjaer’s style.
Standing at 1.91m, Torres has won almost half of his aerial duels while making 3.5 clearances per game, thereby asserting his dominance in and around the 18-yard-box.
The Right Choice For Solskjaer?
Given the present circumstances, signing a quality centre-back should be the board’s topmost priority once the summer transfer window opens. It’s beyond any doubt that the Red Devils certainly need to upgrade their options at the back. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is reportedly looking for a left-footed centre-back to solve their issues at the back – and Pau Torres fits the bill.
His move to 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 24, 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.
(Stats from WhoScored)