Everton reportedly have a long-standing interest in Villarreal defender Pau Torres ahead of the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Going to the World Cup…
The 2010 champions won 3-1 against Jordan in a friendly in preparation for the World Cup on Thursday afternoon, in which Torres played the full 90 minutes.
The Latest: Everton interested in Torres
They are ‘ready to move on’ from the likes of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, and Torres could come in as a replacement for the duo.
Villarreal are open to selling him in January, but will demand a fee in the region of £40m-£55m for his signature, and Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Wolves, Manchester United, PSG and Inter Milan are also thought to be interested in his signature.
The Verdict: Unlikely
Given the calibre of clubs who are in for Torres, with some playing in the Champions League, it seems highly unlikely that Frank Lampard’s team would be able to persuade him to move to Everton.
The 6 foot 3 colossus has played 150 times for Villarreal at the highest level, including 12 appearances in the Champions League last season as he helped his side to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition (Transfermarkt).
Hailed as a ‘sensational’ and ‘superb’ defender by Spain boss Luis Enrique, it is easy to see why he has picked Torres in his squad heading for the World Cup, and the 25-yer-old will only be under the spotlight even more as the tournament begins.
It seems likely that Everton would find it very hard to sign him in January ahead of the level of competition.
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