Man Utd are planning a defensive shake-up with Tottenham’s £50m target Pau Torres to replace three stars, while a rising Arsenal striker is now on the radars of two Premier League teams, all in the Wednesday transfer gossip.
MAN UTD RESTARTS THE INTEREST OF PAU TORRES
Manchester United have revived their interest in signing Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres and his potential arrival could spell the end of three current defenders, according to a report.
The Red Devils once again look inward as another season threatens to unravel. Liverpool dealt another bruise on Tuesday night when they dismantled United 4-0 at Anfield. That brings the aggregate score between home and away games this season to 9-0.
manchester united he has now shipped 48 league goals with five games remaining. That tally is good enough to be 12th best in the league and is three more than Burnley have conceded despite the Clarets looking likely to be relegated.
With their defensive weaknesses made clear for all to see, the Manchester Evening News Report United are pushing to sign 25-year-old Pau Torres.
The Spain international appeared on United’s radar last summer before the club finally settled on Raphael Varane.
However, the Frenchman has already missed 15 games this season through illness and injury. Also, his centre-back partner, Harry Maguire, is having her worst season to date at Old Trafford.
Torres had also come up on Tottenham’s radar as part of a possible cash-plus-players deal involving Giovani Lo Celso. The midfielder stands out on loan at Villarreal and Spurs were reportedly considering using Lo Celso as bait to land Torres.
Pau Torres has a termination clause
However the MENS they report that United are making the run at the moment and hope to complete their unfinished business from 2021.
Torres has been in top form this season and has played every minute of Villarreal’s march to the Champions League semi-finals.
It is claimed that Torres was reportedly open to joining United last summer and is understood to have a release clause in his contract. The outlet claims he is worth €60m (£49.8m at current exchange rates).
Villarreal would reportedly prioritize an outright sale over a cash-plus-players deal. That could give United an advantage over Tottenham if the two clubs confirm their interest.
If Torres is signed, the report adds that both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones could break through. Neither centre-back has featured regularly this season and both are considered open to leaving anyway.
Axel Tuanzebe could also leave after two disappointing loan spells with Aston Villa and Napoli.
ARSENAL FORWARD IN HIGH DEMAND
The number of clubs looking to reward Arsenal star Khayon Edwards away from north London is growing after Brighton joined Chelsea in targeting the goal-per-game forward.
The 18-year-old Edwards is blazing a trail in the Under-18 Premier League this season. Operating primarily as a centre-forward, Edwards has 16 goals to his name in 16 games. He also has five assists to his name.
That has led to sporadic outings at Under-23 level where he scored against West Ham in Premier League 2.
Clearly, Edwards is a man on the rise and Goal Chelsea recently reported that it has taken notice.
The Blues have reportedly already been in touch regarding a possible summer raid. Edwards is yet to sign his first professional contract at Arsenal and there are growing fears that he may leave before doing so.
That would represent a massive own goal for the Gunners, whose first-team attacking options seem slim at the moment.
In fact, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not replaced in January and both Eddie Nketiah and Alezandre Lacazette could leave as free agents this summer.
Even worse news for the Gunners is a mirror report that indicates Brighton is also now in the mix for Edwards.
The Seagulls are reportedly hoping their reputation for giving youngsters a chance can turn Edwards’ head. Brighton signed Tariq Lamptey from Chelsea in 2020 and the young right-back has served as a prime example of how quickly someone can develop in the right environment.
Mirror they report that Brighton have joined Chelsea in asking about Edwards. They are hopeful that he will sign his first professional contract on the south coast.
FULHAM SAFE FIRST PREM SIGNING
Meanwhile, newly promoted Fulham have wasted no time in closing their first signing with Manor Solomon set to replace Fabio Carvalho.
Carvalho will go to Liverpool in the summer and will leave a void in the last third of Marco Silva.
The Cottagers hope to break their trend of being a yo-yo club and stay in the top flight for more than a season.
To help that cause, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported A deal has been closed to sign Shakhtar Donetsk striker Manor Solomon.
The 22-year-old Israeli international will reportedly arrive for a fee of €7.5m. A 15 per cent sell-off clause for Shakhtar has been included in the terms.