Man United join race to sign 23-year-old Villarreal defender

Man United could reportedly be ready to miss out on one of their rumoured defensive targets. Man United were recently linked with Villarreal defender Pau Torres, in a move that would certainly benefit the Norwegian manager’s side after their unconvincing start to the campaign.

Spain international has shone in La Liga and could undoubtedly be an upgrade on the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as a partner to Harry Maguire, but it seems he might have another move on the horizon instead.

Pau has now given the green light to a move to Real Madrid after being identified as an ideal long-term replacement for the centre-back and captain Sergio Ramos. Still, even if the player is ready to make the move to the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos will still have to negotiate a fee with Villarreal for Torres.

This could still give Red Devils some hope of getting in ahead of La Liga giants in the future, though it remains to be seen if he’ll be a top priority for them. Red Devils were also linked with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and may well have other alternatives in mind as well.