Manchester United are encouraged by their negotiations with Villarreal for Pau Torres.
The Manchester Evening News says there is growing belief a deal can be struck to sign Torres in the current window, although any move is likely to take place later in the summer following his involvement in the ongoing European Championship with Spain.
Torres, 24, was one of the players placed on United’s five-man list of prospective defensive signings in the New Year, with fellow target Raphael Varane, of Real Madrid, also included.
United viewed the Europa League final last month as Torres’s last ‘audition’ before they decided on their prime centre-back target, with club officials believed to have been impressed by his role in Villarreal’s penalty shootout victory.
Torres has a release clause in his current deal which lies in the region of €60million after he penned a contract extension until 2024 two years ago.