What is Man Utd and Chelsea-target Pau Torres’ release clause?

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani Updated: 12 May 2022 16:10 CEST 3 min read
Pau Torres, Villarreal, 2021/22

Pau Torres is of interest to several clubs across Europe, and he could be on the move this summer after another fine season with Villarreal.

The Spanish defender helped his club to an incredible Champions League run where they beat Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach the semi-final, where they fell short against Liverpool.

According to reports, Manchester United and Chelsea are the two Premier League clubs interested in the defender and a move to England could be a possibility.

It is believed that Villarreal have inserted a clause in Torres’ contract that would allow him to leave the club for €55 million to €60 million.

The Red Devils maintained an interest in the player last year, but didn’t make a move and any movement this year would require approval from incoming boss Erik ten Hag.

They are also keeping tabs on other defenders, such as Ajax’s Jurrien Timber and Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt as they look to bolster their leaky defence.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are under new ownership, and it’s uncertain how they will react in the transfer market – they do need to sign a defender, as Antonio Rudiger is set to leave.

If they are to improve in the league and challenge in the Champions League, bringing in a top defender is almost essential and Torres would be a smart option for the club.

There are also other clubs named in the race for Torres, namely, Villarreal’s La Liga rivals, Barcelona, who need to improve their back-line as well.

The 25-year-old Torres joined Villarreal as a child in 2002 and has been with his boyhood club for his whole career, having made his senior debut in 2017.

Since then, he has featured in 131 matches, and even spent a season on loan in the second division with Malaga in 2018-19.

Torres made his debut for the Spanish national team in 2019 and has been a mainstay in the team under Luis Enrique, being a part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020.