Unai Emery eyes ex-Man Utd and Arsenal target as first Aston Villa transfer

Former Arsenal Unai Emery has officially taken over Aston Villa and already has several transfer goals in mind with the January window just around the corner.

Unai Emery is planning to make Pau Torres, formerly of Arsenal and Manchester United, his first move to Aston Villa, having finally arrived at the Midlands.

The Spaniard was confirmed as Steven Gerrard’s successor at Villa Park last month but didn’t officially start work until this week. In the short time he has had as manager, he is evaluating his team with his Villa debut set to take place against United on Sunday afternoon.

He will only have a few games in charge before the Premier League takes an extended break for the World Cup in Qatar. However, it looks like he has already started planning additions to his current crop of players.

According to Spanish newspaper La Razon, talented defender Pau Torres is on Emery’s list of possible signings ahead of the January transfer window.

He has been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past-Man Utd and Emery’s former employers Arsenal have been noted as admirers of his skills. Meanwhile, Tottenham and Manchester City have also been linked with a move to Torres previously.

It remains to be seen whether Villa will be able to complete a move to the centre-back, but his current club Villarreal are not in a particularly strong negotiating position. He has just a year and a half left on his current contract and has a €65 million (£56.6 million) release clause written into that particular contract.

Villa could benefit from signing another centre-back after the summer signing, Diego Carlos was hit with a long-term injury shortly after the signing, while Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Jan Bednarek or Calum Chambers have been particularly convincing this season.

Aside from Torres, Emery also has a few other players in mind at his former club – Nicolas Jackson and Yeremy Pino.

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