Taking to his Twitter page, super-journalist 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.”
He then went on to reveal that the defender has a release clause of €60m (£51.2m) in his contract so a deal won’t come cheap.
However, we at Football Fancast see Torres as a player who can become the next Gerard Pique at Old Trafford.
Being a Spanish centre-back who is tipped to have a bright future in the game, as well as being linked to Manchester United, the comparisons to Pique, who made 23 appearances for the Red Devils before departing for Barcelona, write themselves.
And although Torres operates as a left-sided centre-back in Villarreal’s back-four, he has achieved very similar metrics to the Barcelona star this season and is therefore listed as a similar player, as per FBref.
Like Pique, Torres is composed in possession and has the ability to progress the ball from deep. His average of 4.68 passes into the final third are evidence of this, whilst the 35-year-old Barca star pips him with an average of 5.59.
Both central defenders are capable of offensive participations and possess an ability to play intricate football when hassled by an opponent, with Torres’ match average of 6.79 passes under pressure pipping that of Pique’s 5.95 average per 90.
Being a natural left-footer and being comfortable in possession will most certainly put him in good stead if the reported interest is to translate into a permanent transfer this summer.
Whilst, the familiarity that he brings to United fans who did not get to enjoy Pique for very long, will help to fill that void that the now Barcelona veteran left when he departed back in 2008.