Man Utd surge in Pau Torres transfer race with bid readied, though Tottenham have ace up their sleeve

Pau Torres celebrates for Villarreal

Man Utd have been deemed the ‘great favourite’ to sign Pau Torres from Villarreal, though Tottenham have a plan in mind that could scupper Erik ten Hag, claims a report.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham are known to be seeking reinforcements at centre-back this summer. Spurs are hunting a left-sided defender specifically to help fill out Antonio Conte’s back three.

United have drawn links with Ajax pair Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez. Spurs, meanwhile, are chasing Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.

However, one player who is on both clubs’ radars is Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

The 25-year-old Spaniard would fit Spurs’ need being left-footed. He has also been heavily linked with United dating all the way back to last summer.

Now, Spanish outlet La Razon have declared Manchester United to be the ‘great favourite’ in the race.

They add Erik ten Hag’s side are ‘willing to put up’ a €50m (£42.5m) bid. Should an offer of that size be tabled, the outlet suggest Villarreal are now more open to a sale than they were in 2021.

However, Tottenham won’t go down without a fight.

Pau Torres future hinging on Giovani Lo Celso?

It’s noted Spurs intend to use Villarreal’s interest in Giovani Lo Celso to their advantage.

The Argentine midfielder shone on loan with the Yellow Submarine last season. They’re reportedly keen to bring him on board permanently and Spurs could leverage that situation to their advantage over Torres.

The Sun add their take to the story, claiming Torres may be more open to joining Spurs than United.

That stems from their ability to offer Champions League football. Furthermore, the thought of working under defensive specialist Antonio Conte could appeal.

Tottenham finally a more attractive prospect than United?

The sheer size of Man Utd can never be overlooked. However, whether the Red Devils will be a success under Erik ten Hag remains an unknown at present.

Spurs have Champions League football to offer and have one of the world’s best managers at the helm.

What’s more, their signings over the last six month suggest they now have a clear philosophy and identity for the first time since Mauricio Pochettino left.

Ultimately, Pau Torres’ future could come down to money. Which ever club are willing to meet Villarreal’s demands will be the favourites in the race.

Though if both clubs offer packages of similar value, Spurs look the more enticing prospect to join at present.