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Manchester United could tempt Villarreal into letting Pau Torres go by using Eric Bailly in a swap deal, reports say. The Red Devils are closing in on Raphael Varane. But, despite that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants more defensive reinforcements as he targets Premier League title glory next time out.
Manchester United want to add to their squad.
They’ve already enjoyed a positive start to the transfer window, agreeing a fee for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Raphael Varane looks set to follow, with reports claiming this morning that the Red Devils were ‘finalising’ a deal for the Real Madrid star.
And the Manchester Evening News say there’s still a chance Torres may join, too.
The club are debating whether to make two signings at centre-back, having previously intended to make just the one.
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And it’s claimed Spanish sources have informed the publication that Villarreal may be open to letting the 24-year-old depart via a swap deal involving Eric Bailly.
Bailly signed a new contract at United in April.
He penned a deal until June 2024, with the option of a further year, having been offered guarantees over his game time.
However, the arrival of Varane would likely see him become the club’s fourth-choice centre-back – behind the Real Madrid star, Maguire and Victor Lindelof in Solskjaer’s pecking order.
Swap deals are set to become more commonplace this summer in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with many top clubs around the world impacted.
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And Bailly could be tempted to return to Villarreal, the club he left for Old Trafford back in the summer transfer window of 2016.
Speaking after signing his new contract, Bailly insisted he was ‘very happy’.
“I’m very happy,” he told club media.
“This decision is something I didn’t have to think about, I love this club and I love playing for Manchester United.
“I’m happy and so are my family, everything is good. Now the moment with my injury has passed and I’m fit and feel good, and that’s it. A new contract is like a new challenge and I’m ready for this.”
Bailly also said it was a ‘dream’ to be at United, saying: “For me, it’s the dream to be here.
“Now it’s my fifth season and I hope to be here a long time.
“We are in a good position. We have the Europa League and we are second in the league and that is very good.
“We hope we can win this trophy [Europa League] – it is very important for us and for the fans and for the season. We want to finish well in the Premier League as well, I’m sure we will.
“I hope I can be ready and I don’t get any injuries and to be strong and finish the season well. I hope to win the Europa League this season. We will have more challenges next season – hopefully the Champions League – and, for me, my dream is to win the Premier League, that’s my big dream.
“I believe, I believe. I believe in my team-mates. We are a good, young team. The team wants to improve and that’s very important for the group for next season.”
Regarding Torres, the Villarreal star insisted he was relaxed over his future when speaking last week.
“I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the club, we have qualified for the Champions League and it is something that excites me a lot.
“Now I’m focused on the Euros. Then the Super Cup and nice things will come, so I’m totally calm. I live in my home town, very quiet, doing beautiful things and fighting for great things with my hometown team.
“I’m totally calm, right now I am only focused on the European Championship.”
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