Journalist Veronique Brunati reported that Spurs were interested in Torres, with Daily Express claiming it would cost around £ 45million. Torres still has three years on his current contract at the club, having signed an extension in 2019.
The 24-year-old has also become a key part of the Spanish national team and has appeared in Euro 2020 as well as the Olympics. Torres has made 88 appearances for Villarreal’s senior side and is a vital player for them.
Pau Torres at Tottenham Hotspur – Will he be a good signing?
Pau Torres has emerged as one of La Liga’s best center-backs in recent seasons. The 24-year-old has been impressive with his passing speed – with and without the ball – and his ability to spot danger. The 6’4 ′ defender is decent in the air, averaging 1.7 aerial wins per game, but it’s his quality with the ball at his feet that makes him stand out.
Torres enjoys pushing the ball out from the back with his compound dribbling skills. His passes – long and short – are solid, having averaged 4.5 long balls per game in the league last season. He is a player who is comfortable taking the ball out of defense and playing it forward on the left side.
The Spaniard reads situations well and his conscience is one of his best qualities defensively. He’s not an aggressive and relentless defender, but uses his speed, awareness, and match-reading abilities to intercept balls and nip attacks in the bud. Torres could be a fantastic signing for Tottenham, who could have a new center-back look if he moves to north London.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has already signed a central defender to Cristian Romero on loan from Atalanta, and if they sign Torres he will go straight into the starting XI. Spurs have had issues at the back which they say is a priority in this transfer window. They ditched Toby Alderweireld, which leaves them with Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon as options aside from Romero.
Dier has not been consistent and is not good enough to be the first choice center-back, while Sanchez could leave the club. This makes signing another important center-back for Spurs. Torres is young and has a lot of potential, but also has the experience of playing at a higher level. He could form a decent partnership with Romero at the back and help plug Spurs’ leaky defense.
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