Manchester United ready to pay Villarreal’s £42.6m asking price to sign Pau Torres | Soccer

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Manchester United are leading the race for Pau Torres (Photo by Roland Krivec/vi/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United are poised to beat Tottenham by signing Villarreal defender Pau Torres, paying the club’s £42.6million asking price for the Spaniard.

The defender is believed to have a release clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for a fee in the region of £42.6million.

The Spain international was of interest to both United and Tottenham last summer after impressing Villarreal’s run to Europa League winners. Earlier this season, Torres confirmed he was reluctant to move to north London.

“This summer my representative called me and told me there was an important offer from Tottenham, more than what I deserve right now,” said Torres.

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Torres decided to stay at Villarreal last summer (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

“But as I play in my city’s team, which few players do, I’ve decided to stay where I’m happy.”

However, he opted to stay with his hometown club and his decision was vindicated by the club’s sensational run Champions League semifinals.

But Torres is now open to moving on and La Razon claim United are willing to pay the £42.6m price tag required to buy him.

Erik ten Hag is keen to sign a centre-back and the club are expected to sack Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

Harry Maguire has endured a torrid season but is expected to be retained, while Raphael Varane’s debut campaign was sidelined through injury.

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