Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United have signed players all over the pitch but are yet to form the defensive solidity that one would associate with potential Premier League champions.
Solskjaer’s only centre-back signing, Harry Maguire has proved his worth. And although he has formed a formidable partnership with Victor Lindelof in the heart of defence, you have to feel that that is an area which the Red Devils can improve upon further.
The likes of Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are behind them in the pecking order. And with the 2020-21 season quickly heading for its conclusion, Phil Jones is yet to make an appearance for the club through the course of this campaign as he has been sidelined with injuries.
Consequently, the club are believed to be considering signing another centre-back this summer. As for the transfer targets, several names have been mentioned, including Villarreal’s Pau Torres. It was previously reported that Manchester United were closing in on the signing of the centre-back. But, a hurdle has appeared in that regard.
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Napoli are set to challenge Manchester United for Pau Torres
As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport (via Football Espana), Napoli are interested in signing Torres from Villarreal this summer. That means Manchester United could potentially face some serious competition for the signature of the Spaniard.
Torres has been linked with the Red Devils for quite some time now and it is not hard to see why. Making 42 appearances so far across all competitions this season according to stats from Transfermarkt, he has emerged as one of the best defenders in Spain. And at just 24 years of age, he has a lot of football left in the tank.
Torres is believed to have a €60 million release clause in his current contract but it is unlikely that many clubs could meet that figure in the present financial climate.
This has not stopped clubs from being interested in the player though. In fact, Real Madrid have been linked with him recently as well. Therefore, winning the race for Torres’ signature won’t be easy for the Red Devils.