Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Villarreal ace Pau Torres as per the report from Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The 25-year-old is enjoying a stellar campaign this term, scoring five goals and registering 13 clean sheets in 43 appearances in all competitions. The defender was linked with a move to the Old Trafford stadium last summer, but the deal didn’t happen and the 20 times English champions opted to go for French world cup winner Raphael Varane instead.
Meanwhile, the Spain international has once again emerged as a potential target for the Red Devils this summer. According to Fabrizio Romano, Pau Torres is on the wishlist of Manchester United along with three or four other options in order to resolve their leaky defence.
The report further claims that the Red Devils haven’t made any concrete approach to Villarreal about the 25-year-old, given the final decision is dependent on the incoming boss Erik ten Hag. Romano said:
“Manchester United are discussing Villarreal’s Pau Torres as one of 3/4 options for the new centre back. No proposal made yet, as it depends on Erik ten Hag decision and Man Utd board changes.”
With Phil Jones and Eric Bailly looking likely to leave the club and keeping the Red Devils’ current performance in mind, signing a new centre-back will be a shrewd decision by the club’s hierarchy.
However, Pau Torres might not be the right option for Manchester United. Despite enjoying a stellar campaign this term at the Estadio de la Ceramica, the defender has many flaws in his game which could be exposed in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old is comfortable with possession, can play threading passes between the lines and also has an eye for long-range passing. On top of that, he is brilliant in the air which could be handy on both ends of the pitch.
However, he does not have the recovery pace to play in a high defensive line and despite being a tall person, he doesn’t possess the physicality to play in the Premier League. So, Manchester United should look elsewhere in order to resolve their defence.