Barcelona, Manchester City, and Manchester United all have the same name on their transfer targets list; Pau Torres (23). The Villarreal centre-back currently has a $50 million release clause and a contract that expires in 2024.
Pau Torres has had a wonderful season with Villarreal CF. The 23-year-old was the key player in his team, who ended La Liga in 5th place. Torres contributed to his team with 2 goals and 2 assists on his name this season. The player is known for his consistency, as he featured in 36 games.
The Spanish defender went on loan to Malaga two seasons ago, in which he proved his potential. The player is known for his aerial game and left-footed profile. His high-level has also opened the doors for him to enter the Spanish team under coach Robert Moreno.
Barça’s intentions are clear: they want to sign the defender. They could even pay his release clause if the club truly believes that the defender fits the profile. Especially after Umtiti’s unknown future, the club is looking for another left-footed defender. Premier League clubs Manchester City and Manchester United also are willing to add the player to their squad – which is only making the operation harder for Barcelona.
Even though Villarreal does not want to sell the player, and is asking for €65 million. Transfermarkt values the player at €30 million.
Lionel Messi explains the reason why he exposed the Barça board
Lionel Messi has spoken in an exclusive interview with Sport. The past few months have added a lot of controversy on Barcelona, but the Argentine calls for support and proposes the fans to unite:
“After so many disagreements, I would like to put an end to it. All Barça fans must unite and assume that the best is yet to come.”Lionel Messi to Sport
Messi also added that the reason of his previous actions were meant to make the club stronger:
“I take responsibility for my errors and if they existed, it was only to make FC Barcelona better and stronger.”LIONEL MESSI TO SPORT
“Adding passion and enthusiasm will be the only way to achieve our objectives. We have to be united and all go in the same direction.”
The Argentine put an emphasis on the fact that him speaking towards the board and exposing them should not be taken personally by Culés; it was meant to make the club stronger, as he says.