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The Villarreal center-back was unable to keep Ronaldo’s Portugal side out as Spain drew 1-1 with their neighbours in Seville. After coming off the bench in the second half, Ricardo Horta equalised for Portugal.
Torres could be on the move this summer after another fantastic season with Villarreal. The 25-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League soon after leading his boyhood club to a Europa League victory over Manchester United.
This season he helped Villarreal reach the last four of the Champions League. They advanced to the final after defeating Juventus and Bayern Munich, but lost to Liverpool. He may now be the man who can solve United’s defensive issues.
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Despite the addition of Raphael Varane to partner Harry Maguire in the summer, the team has continued to concede goals. Erik ten Hag is rumoured to be on the lookout for a new center-back, prompting Torres to consider his options in Spain.
Recently, he told AS, “Right now, there is nothing at all, but there is talk of many things like every year, and I have peace of mind knowing that I will be where they want me, at the club of my life, and I have this opportunity right now that I appreciate highly.”
“Right now, I don’t have anything; the only thing I have is an offer from Villarreal, so I’m really relaxed.”
Torres’ current contract has a £55 million release clause that runs until 2024, giving Villarreal plenty of negotiating power if they were to trade one of their greatest assets. Jurrien Timber appears to be Ten Hag’s primary defensive target right now.
What did Timber have to say?
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The Dutch coach has worked with the centre-back at Ajax. According to the reports, negotiations about a move to Old Trafford have taken place. According to De Telegraaf, Timber has recently discussed his next move.
“At the end of the day, my gut instinct will be the decisive factor. I am happy at Ajax and I won’t mind staying here.”
“Ajax is a big club as well. We compete in the Champions League, and I get the opportunity to play alongside some of the top players in the Netherlands. That’s not insignificant.”
“Of certainly, [with Ajax], I can continue to improve. That is something I am certain of. I don’t think I’m done with the club yet. However, I can also progress at other clubs.”