Manchester United may have decided against signing a new center-back in the summer but speculation is growing that the defender is the next position on Ole Gunnar Solskjær list and according to online publication the red devils are putting together a plan to secure Pau Torres from Villarreal however with the young Spaniard valued at around 50 million pounds and his club understood to be holding out for his release clause of 60 million United are apparently keen to use a make weight to make any deal happen and in this instance that would be former Villarreal man Eric Bertrand Bailly
rated as one of Europe’s best young defenders when he swapped La Liga for the Premier League back in 2016 a combination of injuries and inconsistent form has meant by has never become the regular starter many thought he would at Old Trafford and with the united squad stacked with a number of players in his position many of whom don’t have the full trust of Solskjær using one of them as part of a deal for Torres would make some sense however he would likely face competition for the 23-year-old signature with Tottenham also currently linked with the defender and with Bailly contract in manchester running out in 2022 it’s questionable as to how much of a discount the club would be able to get by including him in the negotiations
and Torres isn’t the only La Liga star being linked with a move to Old Trafford according to mundo deportivo the English giants may be ready to rekindle their interest in Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé who also only has 18 months left to run on his contract however if Barcelona as reported and not willing to sell for under 70 million euros we can see this one falling flat once again.
it’s no secret that Premier League champions Liverpool have been dealt a poor hand with injuries in the defense this season with Virgil van Dijk not expected back until April and joe Gomez due to miss the entire season so naturally there’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks as to how Jurgen Klopp can reinforce his backline and while there has been no official word from the Anfield camp as to what the plan is for the January transfer window dutch journalist Mike Vervick has suggested the club may go in for Erik ten Hag youngster Perr Schuurs,
Schuurs who only turned 21 last week as impressed as a regular fixture in Ajax first team this season having only made seven league starts for them in 2019-20 in fact the center-back has played more Eredivisie minutes this term than any other outfield player at the Johan Cruyff Arena and has also impressed against Liverpool in the champions league and yet the dutch giants could be willing to part ways for him in the winter window
according to Vervik Liverpool have been told they can sign the highly-rated prospect if they can stump up a 27 million pound fee which doesn’t seem particularly high for one of Europe’s most promising defenders in a winter window, some analysts have noted that his less than excellent record in aerial jewels could put off the Liverpool hierarchy from following through but Schuurs still represents both the short-term fix for their lack of depth and defense and is also a solid investment in the long term
another club in the midst of an injury crisis is FC Barcelona while Blaugrana fans will be buoyed by the fact that clement Lenglet ankle injury which forced him off the pitch against Osasuna on the weekend is not as serious as first thought they are still missing Gerard pique until February while Ronald Araújo and Samuel Umtiti remain sidelined. this has left the Frenchman and the inexperienced Óscar Mingueza who was only recently promoted from the B team as the club’s only center-back options.
the Catalan club are considering bringing Jean-Clair Todibo back from his loan with Benfica however the french defender hasn’t even made an appearance for the Lisbon outfit having been out with an Achilles injury since October right now it doesn’t look like the former Toulouse man is the answer to Ronald Koeman’s problems
meanwhile Samuel Umtiti could leave the club in January with Everton apparently weighing up a move for the world cup winner manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen on bringing the defender to Goodison Park although concerns over his poor fitness record will no doubt be assessed further down the line but as one of the highest-paid players at the camp now Barcelona are apparently keen to get him off the wage bill.