Targeted by La Liga giants as Sergio Ramos’ successor, the Los Blancos felt that they were the frontrunners to sign the Villarreal defender. However, with United and Manchester City both emerging as competitors, the Madrid giants likely be priced out of the race for the Spain international.
Due to the ongoing redevelopment of the Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s former president, Ramon Calderon toldtalkSPORT
: “There are always rumors at this time of the season. They are talking about Mbappe, Haaland… too many players.
“It will be difficult to spend money this summer.”
In his current Villarreal deal, which ends in 2024, Torres is believed to have a release clause of around €60million.