Pau Torres is said to have preferred a move to Manchester United over Tottenham after both clubs expressed their willingness to match Villarreal’s asking price. The Spanish international defender will become one of Europe’s hottest properties in the coming weeks as several Premier League clubs consider signing a new centre-back.
Torres has made his way onto the shortlists of both United and Tottenham, while Chelsea and Manchester City are also keeping a close eye on him.
However, Spanish media company Cadena Ser claims United and Tottenham have already bid £45million for the player this summer, leaving a decision potentially in the player’s own hands.
The report adds that the 25-year-old is leaning towards Old Trafford due to a move to north London, which could give United the crucial advantage they need to get a deal across the line.
That said, it seems United aren’t quite convinced they’re going for Torres just yet, with Jurrien Timber also on their radar.
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The Spaniard is a left-wing centre-back and his arrival could potentially jeopardize Harry Maguire’s position on the wing.
Ten Hag has already hinted that the England international may be stripped of the captaincy for the 2022/23 season.
Alternatively, Torres could consider a move to Tottenham, who have now completed Champions League football – unlike United.
Furthermore, there are also huge stylistic differences with the Spurs currently rolling out a back-three under Antonio Conte.
Torres would be expected to play on the left side of the back line, which is a completely different role from what lies ahead at United.
Tottenham owners ENIC on Tuesday confirmed a £150m capital increase, which is the biggest indication Conte will be backed this summer.
Fabio Paratici plans to bring in as many as six new signings for the Tottenham boss to keep him and Harry Kane at the club.
This could be one of the biggest summer transfer windows of all time, based on the purchasing power of the Premier League.