Manchester City are reportedly tracking Villareal defender Pau Torres and if he joins this summer, it could be the end for Aymeric Laporte in Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the Daily Express, Manchester United are heavily interested in signing the Spain international this summer but face competition from City, who are also tracking the 24-year-old.
The centre-back has been a key player for Unai Emery’s side this season and has been a significant factor in their run to the Europa League final, where they will meet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side later this week.
His performances this season have earned him high praise from manager Emery, who claimed that:
“Pau Torres is an amazing player – I think he’s top.
“I’ve been a coach in Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and I’ve never seen a centre back like Pau Torres.
“I think he’s going to play at the highest level, he’s playing now in the national team but he can play in the top teams in Europe very soon.”
If the young defender were to join Manchester City rather than their local rivals this summer, he would add some further depth in a position where Guardiola can already boast a number of top-quality players, including Ruben Dias, John Stones, Laporte and Nathan Ake.
Given that Stones and Dias have been the go-to partnership for much of the season, whilst Ake only joined last summer from Bournemouth, Laporte would surely be the likeliest to leave if Torres were to arrive this summer.
The former Athletic Bilbao defender has lost his regular starting spot in Guardiola’s side and hinted earlier in the season that he may need to depart in order for regular first-team football, whilst Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest.
Therefore, a summer exit may already be on the cards for Laporte but if Torres were to arrive, then it may well be the final nail in the coffin for his time at City, but that should not put the champions off making a move for Torres as he’d be a quality addition.
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