Premier League giants Manchester United are ready to activate the release clause in the contract of Villarreal defender Pau Torres. This was revealed by Spanish journalist Javi Mata. The media personnel also stated thatManchester United have met with the representatives of the player who has £50m as the release clause in his Villarreal contract.
Manchester United have made the signing of a new centre back top priority this summer. The club wants to sign a new centre back partner for club skipper Harry Maguire. The other centre back options at the club have been inconsistent and this has forced Manchester United officials into the market.
Victor Lindelof has been the centre back partner for Maguire for the majority of the season but the Swedish international has been inconsistent. Ivorian player Eric Bailly is another centre back option that has suffered from inconsistent displays plus several injury issues. Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are the remaining centre backs at the club.
England international Phil Jones has not played for Manchester United since January 2020 due to injury while young defender Tuanzebe has shown promise like he did with a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 win at French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the Champions League group stage earlier this season but manager Solskjaer doesn’t think he can trust him over a long period of time.
Manchester United have the opportunity to take a closer look at the aforementioned Pau Torres when they take on his Villarreal side in the Europa League final next week. Apart from the Spanish international, the other centre back targets being considered by the Red Devils include Real Madrid player Raphael Varane and Sevilla star Jules Kounde.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his frustration with his manager, Jose Mourinho following one of his recent decisions. According to the centre back, he was frustrated that the Spurs boss decided to leave him on the bench for the Europa League clash at Royal Antwerp at the end of October. Toby Alderweireld was desperate to play in his home city but he didn’t get that wish thanks to Jose Mourinho.
Toby Alderweireld vented his frustration in an interview with media outlet VTM. The former Atletico Madrid and Southampton player said that he cursed in his head following the decision not to play him before adding that there was no point making a big issue out of the decision to leave him on the substitutes’ bench. Without Toby Alderweireld, Spurs suffered their first defeat in the Europa League this season with the surprising 1-0 to Royal Antwerp. The Belgians scored the only goal of the game courtesy Israeli midfielder LiorRafaelov. Tottenham Hotspur have since recovered from that disappointing result with three straight victories in all competitions including two successive wins in the Premier League.
After the Royal Antwerp defeat on Matchday 2, Spurs beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 at home in the league before a 3-1 away win over Bulgarian sideLudogorets Razgrad. The third win on the bounce was the late Premier League victory at West Brom just before the international break for November. Star striker Harry Kane scored the all-important goal against the Baggies in the last three minutes of the game.
Spurs would be hoping to make it four wins in a row with victory over Manchester City during their league meeting on Saturday night. New Spurs signing Matt Doherty has tested positive for the virus and he’s out of the Manchester City game.