According to reports in the Spanish media, some interesting transfer news has now come to light involving Manchester City and Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
The Lowdown: Txiki eyes 2021 move…
The Spain international, a name potentially familiar to Sky Blues, was heavily courted by City sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
Begiristain was allegedly ‘very well positioned’ to sign the 25-year-old with the Eastlands official even having an ‘excellent relationship’ to ‘those closest’ in Torres’ inner circle.
While a midfield heir to club legend Fernandinho and left-back is thought to be a priority at City (The Guardian), some links have also emerged to possible central defensive additions with Sport now sharing the latest.
The Latest: City re-join Torres race…
Following on from their interest before 2022, Sport now claim Pep Guardiola’s side have again ‘entered the bid’ for Torres alongside Spurs, Chelsea and arch rivals Man United.
They add that Villarreal are ‘increasingly aware’ their ‘prodigal son’ could depart in the next transfer market as Unai Emery prepares for life without a pivotal player.
The Verdict: Make a bid?
The least of Guardiola’s concerns is at centre-half given he has Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nathan Ake to choose from as a world class defensive quartet.
However, if one of the latter pair were to depart City given their lack of game time over 2021/2022, we believe Torres should be viewed as a top potential incoming.
The Etihad Stadium has been described as a ‘perfect’ move for Torres in recent seasons, especially taking into account his ability as a ball-playing central defender (La Liga expert Euen McTear).
In other news: Man City officials sent to club as Pep and Txiki agree on perfect signing, find out more here.
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