The downside: Hot property
A rising star in Spain, the central defender has previously attracted serious attention of Chelsea and Tottenham following a string of impressive performances for Unai Emery’s side.
The 25-year-old was at the heart of the team that won the Europa League last year, defeating United on penalties in the final, as well played every minute as the La Liga outfit reached the Champions League semi-finals this time before being eliminated by Liverpool.
With Erik ten Hag now in place in Manchester and the summer transfer window approaching, the Red Devils could be well positioned to land Torres …
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The report claimed that Red Devils rivals Manchester City and Liverpool “should not be excluded” from the 25-year-old’s chase, who was once hailed as ‘wonderful’ Emery’s player before declaring that the defender was destined to play among the elite of Europe.
It is also claimed that Tottenham remain in the picture to sign Torres, whose “intention is to leave” Villarreal during the offseason.
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The verdict: Definitive update
Despite the rich defensive choices on paper within the United squad, both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick struggled to settle down on a permanent center-back partnership when the Red Devils dispatched a huge 57 league goals in 2021/22, the same count they won.
From a defensive point of view, only David de Gea came out of the campaign complying with his usual standards, and the Spanish goalkeeper would no doubt welcome the addition of his own. £ 45 million worth compatriot to consolidate the back line of the Red Devils.
In 2021/22, Torres scored an average of 6.86 Who Scored rating of his 33 La Liga excursions, higher than any of Harry Maguire’s (6.65), Raphael Varane (6.78), Eric Bailly (6.28) and Victor Lindelof (6.50) could be administered in the Premier League.
Having a stylistic resemblance to glorious defenders like Joel Matip, Leonardo Bonucci and Gerard Pique and ranking in the top 1% of European center-defenders in terms of dribbles completed (FBRef), the Spaniard seems to possess the defensive sagacity and ball-playing ability that would make him the ideal man to strengthen Ten Hag’s squad at the back.
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