Real Madrid 'angry' as Man Utd approach 'potential Sergio Ramos replacement'



Posted Saturday, March 27, 2021 by Dailystar.co.uk

Manchester United have reportedly approached Pau Torres - who Real Madrid see as a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos at the Bernabeu in the coming years

Manchester United have reportedly angered Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over their pursuit of Villarreal defender Pau Torres.

The La Liga centre-back is high on United's transfer wishlist, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to strengthen at the back this summer.

Torres has certainly impressed with his performances for Villarreal, so much so that Perez had reportedly earmarked the 24-year-old as a long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos.

As such, Spanish outlet El Desmarque report that Bernabeu chief Perez has been left 'very angry' at the fact the Red Devils have stolen a march on Zinedine Zidane's side in the race for Torres' signature.

Despite Madrid's interest, Torres is reportedly keen to push through a move to the Premier League.

Real Madrid 'angry' as Man Utd approach 'potential Sergio Ramos replacement'
Villareal star Pau Torres is of interest to Premier League giants Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

Bayern Munich are one other side chasing the Spanish defender, who has been capped seven times for his country.

But Chelsea are also said to be interested in making a move this summer following recent scouting missions.

Solskjaer has often spoke about his defensive options and, having focused on strengthening his attack last summer, recently said: “For me, we’ve got enough good centre-backs here at the moment.

Real Madrid 'angry' as Man Utd approach 'potential Sergio Ramos replacement'
Florentino Perez is said to be angry at Manchester United leapfrogging Real Madrid in the race for Pau Torres (Image: Getty Images)

"When you concede chances and concede goals, there are two different things you can look at – it’s either the team shape, or are there any individual mistakes. “We’re not in our best shape of form, our shape isn’t there, we’re not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs.

"We’re a little bit behind, that’s more structural mistakes than individual mistakes. I thought Victor [Lindelof] did well today.”

The Red Devils finally appointed a new football director earlier this month, with John Murtough landing the role while Darren Fletcher was named technical director.

Real Madrid 'angry' as Man Utd approach 'potential Sergio Ramos replacement'
Pau Torres is hot property ahead of the summer transfer window

The pair, along with Solskjaer, were due to meet with United director of football negotiations Matt Judge and Ed Woodward last week to thrash out their plan for the summer window, according to the Sun.

The publication reports that four key positions have been outlined, with Solskjaer ready to axe a group of his current first-team stars.

United are looking for a centre-back and a right-back along with two attackers.



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