On Thursday, Mundo Deportivo reported Villarreal’s €65m demand and Manchester United’s interest in Pau Torres, are the two reasons why Barcelona cannot sign the defender this summer.
It was explained the Red Devils ‘want’ to sign the centre-back, and that he has a €50m release clause, which can rise to €75m.
Friday’s edition of Sport gives an insight into the Catalan club’s interest in the 23-year-old, and also mentions the Old Trafford club again.
It’s claimed the Blaugrana have followed Torres during the course of the 2019/20 season.
The player would be willing to ‘come and play for Barcelona’, and his qualities would ‘fit well’ with the Camp Nou side’s philosophy.
However, his price tag doesn’t convince Quique Setién’s side, and the latter’s priority is to sign Manchester City’s Eric García.
According to the report, Villarreal will ask for a ‘price higher than €30m’ to ‘formalise the footballer’s departure’.
Sport’s claim of Villarreal wanting in excess of €30m is less than half of what was reported by Mundo on Thursday. The latter even explained Villarreal will not offer any discounts and will want no less than €65m to cut ties with Torres.
The €65m figure is what the clause stands at if triggered right now, and whilst it makes sense for Villarreal to point at that, perhaps something closer to €30m is more realistic.