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Man Utd 'set fee’ for Pau Torres transfer with second Villarreal signing being eyed

Manchester United want to pay £45million for Pau Torres despite the centre-back having a release clause of £55m, according to reports. The Spain international has enjoyed a positive season at Villarreal, helping them reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. And, now, a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards.

Manchester United could lose the likes of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones this summer.

And Torres is now being eyed as a result, a year after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first registered an interest in the Spain international.

According to 90min, Erik ten Hag has approved a deal for the 25-year-old as he looks to rebuild the team.

And United want to spend £45m on the player, which is £10m less than the release clause in his Villarreal contract.

They’re said to be in talks over a deal ‘via intermediaries’ with the defender’s camp eager for personal terms to be wrapped up.

Yet he isn’t the only player United have set their sights on.

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United appear to be prioritising defence and attack as they look to hit the ground running under Ten Hag.

And if they’re successful in bringing in the pair, they’ll become the club’s 11th and 12th signings from La Liga.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United landed the likes of Jordi Cruyff, Quinton Fortune, Ricardo, Gerard Pique and David De Gea.

When Louis van Gaal ruled the roost, in came Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Victor Valdes.

And, under Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer respectively, Eric Bailly and Varane touched down.

Speaking in September, Torres opened up on his decision to stay at Villarreal despite interest from United and Tottenham last year.

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“In the end, I was more interested in playing in the Champions League with my local team,” stated the 25-year-old.

“It was clear to me that it was a year to enjoy the Champions League with Villarreal, close to my family.

“It’s the fourth time Villarreal have played in the Champions League, and that’s what I was most looking forward to.

“From minute one, they (Villarreal) told me they would respect whatever I decided.

“I am very happy at home. I have a contract until 2024 and whatever is best for everyone, we’ll see.”

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Ten Hag, meanwhile, has admitted he’s raring to join United’s list of greats when he gets started.

“Of course. I know the history of Man United, I know the big times and the audience, the vibe that can be around Old Trafford,” he said on Monday.

“I watched them in their big times, when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager, during the really successful times when they won titles and were dominating Europe.

“But also before Sir Alex, Man United was a really big club and I know names like Busby and Charlton that gave Man United a presence to the outside world from winning, and winning in a spectacular way, winning so they entertain people.

“What stays with me is there was always a fighting culture. They fight together and they get success.”



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