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Everton: Toffees have long-standing interest in Pau Torres

Everton: Toffees have long-standing interest in Pau Torres -Everton News

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 25-year-old will be one of many stars to look out for at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as he heads to the tournament with Spain.

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

Writing in his latest piece for 90min, transfer expert Graeme Bailey has revealed that Everton have a ‘long-standing interest’ in Torres ahead of January.

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).

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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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