Tottenham are given encouragement they can strike deal for long-term target Pau Torres with Spain centre-back ready to leave Villarreal for fresh challenge… after north London club watched him in Champions League defeat by Liverpool
- Spain star Pau Torres is a sought-after defender and has a £55m release clause
- Villarreal centre-back has been on Tottenham’s wanted list for the past two years
- He rejected Spurs in 2021 as he wanted to play in this year’s Champions League
- But Torres now feels it is time in his career to test himself on another stage
Tottenham watched Villarreal defender Pau Torres on Tuesday night during his side’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool.
The 25-year old, who is one of the most sought-after centre backs in Europe and has a buy out clause set at £55million, has been on Tottenham’s wanted list for the past two years but resisted their attempts to sign him last year as he wanted to play for a Champions League club.
That decision was vindicated as he reached the semi finals of the competition and is now established as one of Spain’s top three centre halves going into the World Cup.
Tottenham watched Villarreal defender Pau Torres (R) in Villarreal’s defeat by Liverpool
Torres is established as one of Spain’s top three centre halves going into the World Cup
However, Torres now feels it is time in his career to make a move and test himself on another stage giving Tottenham encouragement they could strike a deal.
Josko Gvardiol of Red Bull Leipzig had been their prime defensive target but they fear stronger competition for the Croatian international while Sven Botman of Lille and Mario Hermoso of Atletico Madrid have also been discussed but have slipped down their list.
Torres has had question marks over whether he is physical enough for the Premier League something that has stymied interest from Manchester United and City in the past but this season he has shown signs of improvement.
Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig had been their prime defensive target but Spurs fear competition
Sven Botman of Lille (R) and Mario Hermoso of Atletico Madrid (L) have also been discussed
Both those sides remain among his admirers but Tottenham believe they can give him the ideal next step – providing they can meet Villarreal’s price.
Suitors had hoped to prise Torres from Villarreal for around £45m this window but the Spanish side will be pushing for closer to his buy out clause.
Tottenham want to bring in three or four new faces but must sell to balance the books and increase their homegrown quota.
West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is out of contract this summer, remains another transfer target.
West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone remains another summer transfer target