CENTRE STAGE Man Utd eyeing transfer for Villarreal defender Pau Torres, 23, as Solskjaer hunts long-term Maguire partner

The Times claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new centre-back this summer and partner him alongside Harry Maguire.

CENTRE STAGE Man Utd eyeing transfer for Villarreal defender Pau Torres, 23, as Solskjaer hunts long-term Maguire partner

Man Utd are interested in signing Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres Credit: Getty Images – Getty

United have been linked with a host of names including Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes.

However, it’s believed Torres has emerged as Solskjaer’s top choce after helping Villarreal to fifth in LaLiga.

The Spain international, 23, made 34 appearances this season and has also been linked with Barcelona.

Torres would replace Victor Lindelof in United’s starting XI, with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe dropping further down the pecking order.

Torres’ arrival could also spell the end of Phil Jones’ Old Trafford career, with Marcos Rojo set to be sold too.

But Chris Smalling could have a future after impressing on loan at Roma, although United will consider selling him for the right price.

Meanwhile, United remain keen on landing Jadon Sancho after having an £89million bid rejected by Borussia Dortmund.

Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez are all up for sale to free up funds for England winger Sancho.

But a move for Jack Grealish is becoming highly unlikely with Aston Villa demanding £80m for the playmaker.

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