Manchester United report: Red Devils and Tottenham can sign Spanish defender for cut-price fee
Manchester United and Tottenham have received positive news in their pursuit of the Spain centre-back
Manchester United and Tottenham have learned they could sign Pau Torres for a cut-price fee this summer.
The Spain international was a target for United (opens in new tab) throughout last summer, before the Red Devils signed Raphael Varane instead.
Erik ten Hag may still look to bolster his centre-back options ahead of his debut campaign at the helm.
Harry Maguire has struggled for form this term, while Varane has had a difficult first season in English football.
Victor Lindelof is one of several United players facing an uncertain future ahead of what promises to be a busy summer in the transfer market.
Tottenham (opens in new tab) are also on the lookout for another central defender to compete with Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Ben Davies, who form Antonio Conte's favoured back three at present.
Torres has been mentioned in relation to both Premier League clubs in recent months - and Spurs and United have now received a huge boost to their chances of landing the 25-year-old.
The Villarreal defender is about to enter the final two years of his contract, and the Yellow Submarine are willing to listen to offers for him this summer.
According to Football Insider (opens in new tab), Villarreal would be willing to accept a bid of £45m - £10m less than the centre-half's release clause.
Defeat by Liverpool (opens in new tab) in the semi-finals of the Champions League ended Villarreal's chances of qualifying for next season's edition of the tournament.
They could miss out on European football altogether: with three games remaining, Unai Emery's men occupy the Europa Conference League qualification spot in La Liga, but they hold a slender one-point lead over Athletic Bilbao.
Torres came through the ranks at the Estadio de la Ceramica and first joined the club at the age of five.
He could be open to a new challenge this summer, and United and Tottenham may look to step up their interest in the coming weeks.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).