Manchester United are yet to make an offer for Villarreal defender Pau Torres and will have to pay at least €50m if they want to sign him this summer.
That’s according to AS, who cover the interest in the Spaniard today and insist there has been no moves for him as yet.
Torres is believed to be high on Manchester United’s list of potential targets this summer, with them keen to add a centre back and long-term partner for Harry Maguire to their squad.
He has been linked since last year, and his standing has only increased after an impressive season with the Spanish side.
A report at the end of March stated they had already been in touch with Torres’ representatives about a potential move, but it appears there’s been no official contact with Villarreal.
AS say there are ‘no offers’ at this moment in time, but even if there was, Villarreal, are ‘not willing to negotiate his sale’ and will instead insist his release clause be paid.
That is currently €50m but will increase to €65m in the last 15 days of the transfer window, so Manchester United will have to make their move early if they want him.
They face competition, though, with Real Madrid also keen but having kept their interest ‘more discreet’ than United, who have been very public in their pursuit.
Indeed, the club’s leadership have already asked Villarreal for months about the central defender’s situation and held an ‘informal consultation’ about a move.
Torres, for his part, is not considering a transfer away and is tied to a contract until 2024 anyway, but it seems he will have interest in him regardless.