At the centre of much transfer talk in last summer’s window, Villarreal centre back Pau Torres is understood to be attracting interest from both Manchester City and Manchester United this time around.
Key to the Spanish club’s road to the Champions League semi-final this season, Torres has quickly established himself as one of the best centre backs in Europe over the last couple of years.
Able to play the ball out from the back, read the flow of the game and also defend resolutely, it is easy to understand why the 25-year-old is attracting interest from Europe’s elite, including, it seems, both Manchester clubs.
Where would he suit best?
With United having appointed Erik ten Hag as their new manager from Ajax for next season, the Dutchman will likely have very specific plans of his own in the transfer market, while the Red Devils signed world-class centre back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid last summer.
Still, in defensive disarray, it seems and with many reports in the media that paint the picture of the club having a number of square pegs in round holes and lacking identity, Manchester City conversely is a side that is packed with talent under the stewardship of a world-class manager who knows his system.
Joining City would appear to make more sense from the player’s perspective, however, Guardiola already has a number of options at his disposal, including Joan Laporte, the ever-improving John Stones, Ruben Dias who is swiftly becoming a world-class centre back in addition to the versatile Nathan Ake.
With a reported £60 million release clause in his contract that is set to expire in 2024, this could be seen as an unnecessary expense for City, with a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who departed last summer, likely to be more of a priority.
It could well open the door to other clubs around Europe, though his release clause could prove a stumbling block for many, who are still recovering from the financial effects of the global pandemic.
Unless the player decides to stay for one more season, the Premier League is looking to be the likeliest destination for the player.