Pau Torres next club odds: Man Utd the new favourites for Spain centre back ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City

MANCHESTER UNITED have been priced the new frontrunners to sign Villarreal and Spain defender Pau Torres this summer.

Sky Betare offering 6/4 odds for United to seal the deal this coming transfer window, and lead the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for the highly-rated centre back.

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Torres was born in Villarreal and graduated through their youth system to go on to play over 130 times for his boyhood club.

The 25-year-old was a key member of the Villarreal side that reached the semi-final of this season's Champions League before being knocked out by Liverpool.

Torres has played every minute of this season's Champions League campaign and even scored in the 3-0 win in Turin in the second leg of their last 16 win over Juventus.

He also played a major role in the run to winning the Europa League last season, playing every minute from the quarter final stage onwards, including against Arsenal in the semis and Man Utd in the final.

Torres scored his penalty in the shootout in the final, to help the Yellow Submarine to their first ever major trophy win.

The centre-back's good form led to a starting place for Spain's side in Euro 2020 last year. Torres started the first two games of the tournament as well as the quarter final win over Switzerland, before exiting the tournament on penalties to Italy in the semis.

Manchester United are expected to be looking for a new centre-back in the market in this summer, and Sky Bet fancy new boss Erik ten Hag to be most likely to secure the signing of the Spaniard.

All of United's centre-backs have come under scrutiny this season, with none of them having standout campaigns.

Harry Maguire in particular has been on the receiving end to the brunt of the abuse, though Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof also haven't performed as well as they'd have wanted.

Pau Torres next club odds

Sky Bet odds

  • Manchester United 6/4
  • Tottenham 5/1
  • Chelsea 8/1
  • Manchester City 12/1
  • Barcelona 14/1
  • Real Madrid 20/1

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Spurs were the previous favourites to sign Torres, but Sky Bet have recently lengthened their odds to 5/1.

It's thought that Torres would be considered a major upgrade for Spurs in the centre-back position, with manager Antonio Conte needing to bolster the strength and depth of his squad in order to challenge for trophies next season.

Chelsea are also rumoured to be interested in Torres, who will be desperate for centre-back reinforcements after the impending departures of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Manchester City are also deemed to be keeping tabs on the situation, with Pep Guardiola's side still looking to improve his side despite securing a fourth Premier League title in five years.

The Champions League trophy is still the main one that eludes Guardiola during his time at the Etihad, and the signing of a young but experienced centre-back could bolster they're chances in the coming years.

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