Unai Emery wants to sign Man Utd transfer target Pau Torres for Aston Villa | Football

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Pau Torres has made 149 appearances for youth club Villarreal (Picture: Getty)

New Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is reportedly planning a reunion with Villarreal star Pau Torres.

Torres has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent seasons and has consistently been linked with a move to a top Premier League team.

Manchester United and Tottenham are most closely linked with the centre-back, who has been very impressive for Villarreal, helping the La Liga side to the Europa League title in 2021 and beating United in the final.

But now, according to Football Insider, it appears the 25-year-old could head to Villa Park with Emery to sign Torres after leaving Villarreal to take over the Villans.

It’s no secret that Villa has been struggling defensively this season. Only five teams have conceded more goals than them so far, partly due to the long-term injuries of centre-back Diego Carlos and defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara.

While both summer signings are expected by the New Year, Emery is expected to make some big ones in January if he shapes his squad to his liking, with Villa’s owners aiming to challenge at the top of the Premier League.

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Ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken over Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Torres’ contract expires in the summer of 2024 but the Spain international could still cost as much as £40m.

However, Villa should have less competition for his signature as both United and Tottenham eventually signed alternative centre-back targets after failing to land Torres.

In the past two summers, United have brought Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez to Old Trafford, while Spurs have recruited Cristian Romero and Clement Lenglet.

Former Arsenal boss Emery’s first game in charge of Villa will be played at home against United on Sunday.

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