People near Villarreal star Pau Torres are saying a move to Manchester United is gathering speed, it has been claimed. The Spain international was on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar 12 months ago. Nevertheless, the Red Devils ended up recruiting Raphael Varane as a substitute.
Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Torres because the opening of the summer transfer window edges closer.
And journalist Dean Jones, chatting with GiveMeSport, has now claimed Torres insiders are saying a move to Old Trafford is ‘close’.
“I believe, from what I understand, lots of people near Pau Torres do see this deal as one which remains to be gathering pace,” he said.
“People near the player say it’s close and Villarreal think there’s a superb likelihood it is going to occur.”
United eyed Torres a yr ago.
Nevertheless, they ended up not landing the Spain international – with Varane arriving from Real Madrid as a substitute.
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Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United tried to land Marcos Senna – but could never bring him to Old Trafford.
And it was an analogous story with Juan Roman Riquelme, who was admired by the Scot during his time within the dugout.
Torres, meanwhile, was recently quizzed on links to the Premier League.
In addition to United, Tottenham have also been mooted as potential suitors for the centre-back.
And Torres was coy on his future, saying: ”I actually have the peace of mind of being where they need me, where I actually have a sound contract and a renewal offer.
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“The longer term will tell what happens but I’m very calm, I don’t look further and it’s time to disconnect.
“It has been two years excellent at Villarreal, we have now competed with one of the best at European level which is what every player wants.
“And if, as well as, you do it in your town’s team, it’s larger.”
Torres then added: “It’s something I’ve at all times talked about with the president, that different situations could arise.
“The club loves me and I’m very grateful. I do know that I can stay here for a lot of more years because the love is mutual.
“We’ll see what we determine.”
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Nevertheless, Torres did also suggest he’d be open to staying at Villarreal and becoming their record-appearance holder.
“Every part is feasible and I do not rule anything out,” he said.
“The opposite day was the act by which Bruno, Mario and Manu Trigueros remembered the 400 games with the club.
“These are challenges that in the future appear on the market, to be the one with probably the most games in the future within the club.
“They’re very difficult decisions, there may be nothing. There isn’t any decision made.
“The one offer I actually have today is the renewal with Villarreal. I do know they love me here they usually love me quite a bit.”