United’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, has so far been left frustrated in his attempts to strengthen his squad. The Dutchman is still chasing a deal for Frenkie de Jong but he has seemingly been snubbed by Ajax defender Jurrien Timber; one of Ten Hag’s ex-players who had emerged as a defensive target for United.
In the wake of Timber’s rejection, Torres could now become United’s primary target as Ten Hag bids to bolster a defence that majorly struggled in the top-flight last term, shipping a staggering 57 goals – their worst-ever tally in the Premier League era.
Chelsea are another club who have been linked with a move for Torres as they bid to avoid a defensive crisis. The Blues have already lost Antonio Rudiger – who has signed for Real Madrid – and Andreas Christensen this summer after the duo ran down their deals at Stamford Bridge. And their exit leaves Thomas Tuchel with a dearth of defensive options ahead of the upcoming season, meaning that the German could swoop in and join the race for Torres.