Manchester United are reportedly ready to use Alex Telles and Eric Bailly in a swap deal to land Pau Torres. The Villarreal star would be an exciting signing for Erik ten Hag given his qualities at the back. And though Lisandro Martinez is their main defensive target, it’s possible the Spain international will arrive as well.
Manchester United are aiming to bolster their backline in this summer’s transfer window after conceding 57 goals in the Premier League last season.
Martinez is their priority target, with Ten Hag looking for a reunion with a player he’s spent three years managing at Ajax - even though Arsenal are in the hunt as well.
According to the Mirror, however, United are also keen on landing Torres from Villarreal - 12 months after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned down the centre-back.
And it’s claimed they could use both Telles and Bailly in a swap deal.
Telles is set to be shown the door, having been embroiled in a training ground bust-up with Hannibal Mejbri back in May.
With United primed to sign Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, the Brazil international is facing the prospect of being third-choice left-back next term.
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“And if, in addition, you do it in your town's team, it's bigger.”
Torres then added: "It's something I've always talked about with the president, that different situations could arise.
“The club loves me and I am very grateful. I know that I can stay here for many more years because the affection is mutual.
“We'll see what we decide.”
Torres did insist, however, that he wouldn’t rule ‘anything out’ - though also suggested he’d be open to becoming Villarreal’s all-time appearance holder.
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"Everything is possible and I don't rule anything out,” he said.
“The other day was the act in which Bruno, Mario and Manu Trigueros remembered the 400 games with the club.
“These are challenges that one day appear out there, to be the one with the most games one day in the club.
“They are very difficult decisions, there is nothing. There is no decision made.
“The only offer I have today is the renewal with Villarreal. I know they love me here and they love me a lot."
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