According to talkSPORT writer Alex Crook, Tottenham Hotspur is interested in signing Pau Torres, the Spain and Villarreal centre defender.
Despite previously signing Barcelona center-back Clément Lenglet on a season-long loan, Antonio Conte is rumoured to want to add more defensive reinforcements this summer.
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Even though the team has already added defensive reinforcements this summer, Conte’remains interested’ on bringing Torres to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to a story in The Mirror from earlier in July.
The Lilywhites are reportedly interested in the 25-year-old after missing out on Inter Milan and Italy center-back Alessandro Bastoni, who has opted to stay at the San Siro for the upcoming season, according to the same report.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United are also interested in the centre back, but Erik ten Hag’s pursuit of Ajax and Argentina’s Lisandro Martnez might sway the Villarreal player in Conte’s favour.
Additionally, Giovani Lo Celso, an offensive midfielder who spent the second half of last season on loan at Villarreal, might be included in the deal, according to Crook, who also thinks that there is “certainly interest” in bringing Torres to north London this season.
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What did Crook say regarding Torres?
“I was told that there is obviously interest in Pau Torres,” he said to GIVEMESPORT, “which brings Lo Celso into play in terms of some type of part swap transaction.”
Would Torres be a good signing for Spurs?
With Tottenham participating in both the Premier League and the Champions League next season, Torres is expected to increase the quality of Conte’s defence as well as provide him the option of using a player he trusts in a back three. He will also increase the depth of the team.
According to Transfermarkt, the defender made 47 appearances for Villarreal last season, scoring six goals and dishing out one assist from the centre of defence. He is said to have a £55 million release clause.
The fact that Torres rated in the top 1% of centre backs for dribbles completed per 90 minutes demonstrates his exceptional skill with the ball at his feet, which is essential to Conte’s back three system.
The 19-time Spain international is a skilled passer as well, placing in the top 10% of centre-backs for advanced passes made per 90 minutes (4.39), according to the same statistics provider (FBREF).
Torres would probably be a great addition to Conte’s Spurs team and help relieve some of the pressure on the team’s other defensive alternatives as Spurs prepare to play Champions League football for the first time since the 2019–20 season.