According to ESPN, Manchester United could offer players plus cash in exchange for Pau Torres this summer.
Given the financial blow the clubs suffered last season, that’s no surprise. United hasn’t avoided this and they won’t want to spend more than they have to.
If Jadon Sancho hits for the big buck as expected, United may be considering ways to cut Torres’ fee.
Here are three United players they could use as makeweights in a deal for the center-back.
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The most likely name on this list, Eric Bailly, could be offered to his former club this summer.
The Ivorian signed for United from Villareal in 2016 for £ 30m (BBC). But he’s struggled to make a difference in recent years.
Marked by injuries, the 27-year-old’s chances at United look slim anyway.
When Torres arrives at Old Trafford, his center-back colleague could be looking inside from the outside … or be gone altogether.
Bailly is fondly remembered in Spain. So a return to the club where he made a name for himself makes sense for everyone.
United midfielder Andreas Pereira is sure to move on this summer. A loan move to Serie A has never really caught on. And now there is talk of interest from Spain.
Pereira has made two appearances in La Liga and impressed in both. So what chance of a Spanish club hat-trick for the 25-year-old?
Pereira is not good enough for United. That has been clear for some time. But the arrival of Bruno Fernandes cemented his fate.
It takes a permanent move to really take off, and it could peel off a few million on Torres’ price tag.
Full-back Diogo Dalot impressed last season on loan. And he’ll be returning to United this summer due to a surprise inclusion in Euro 2020.
But does he really have a future at Old Trafford?
Lots of fans hope he does. After all, he’s a good attacking defender, once named by Jose Mourinho as the best in his position.
But Aaron Wan-Bissaka has pinned the right-back while talks continue over the possibility of Kieran Trippier joining him.
With this in mind, Dalot could well move on. And he would be a good addition to the Europa League title if Torres went the other way.
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