Manchester United’s prospects of signing Pau Torres this summer have been given a boost after the player confessed that he has spoken to friends in the game about “playing for a big club”.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a new defender this summer, with both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly set to depart. Torres was this month identified as one of four defenders the club had shortlisted this summer. The Spain defender has emerged as one of LaLiga’s top centre-backs at Villarreal.
Indeed, a recent report suggested that United had already made contact over a move.
And the fact that Torres is a left footer puts him near the top of Solskjaer’s wish list.
United’s prospects of securing his signing have been given a timely lift too. As per recent reports, Torres would be keen to move to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old will get the chance to prove his credentials against Arsenal in the upcoming Europa League semi-finals. And if both United and Villarreal progress, his final outing for the Yellow Submarine could be against his future employers.
Now Torres has addressed his future for the first time. Speaking to Sport, he admits to consulting with several friends over a move.
“Players who have gone through important clubs, when they talk about an experience they have had, I like to listen to them, both Paco Alcacer and Raul Albiol or Alberto Moreno,” Torres said.
“They tell you things that you have not yet experienced and that you think you would like to experience.”
Pau Torres outlines his immediate focus
Despite admitting to talks over a move to ‘important clubs’, Torres insists his focus remains on a successful end to the season with Villarreal.
As well as Europa League glory, they also hope to qualify again for the competition through their LaLiga placing.
He said: “It is a pride to see that your work is reflected in this type of thing that is spoken, but I face it with great tranquility. I am in a great club like Villarreal and from the tranquility I work every day.
“I’m not thinking about that [transfer] either. There is still a lot ahead of me and my short-term goals are the European semi-final and then to be available for Spain.
“Right now I have a contract (until 2024) and I know that I still have room for improvement. I know that I am in a club where they will treat me well. I will not lack anything and that is very important to me.”