According to a report by The Times, Tottenham Hotspur, and by extension managing director Fabio Paratici, are ‘ready to make a move’ to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres.
The Lowdown: Another defender incoming?
It looks like Tottenham aren’t quite done after the signing of Cristian Romero for the heart of their defence.
As per football.london, Spurs could look to add two new centre-backs this summer rather than just one as Paratici continues his major summer rebuild at N17.
In the past week, they have been strongly linked with both Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic and Torres, with The Times now backing interest in the latter man as they provide their own update.
The Latest: Spurs ‘ready to make a move’ for Torres…
The reliable news source says that Spurs and Paratici are now ‘ready to make a move’ for the 24-year-old as they aim to add even more steal to Nuno Espirito Santo’s defence.
Torres, who they describe as ‘one of the stars of Spain’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020’, also played a huge role in Villarreal’s Europa League-winning campaign last year.
The defender, however, will cost a pretty penny with his sky release clause having risen towards the end of 2020/2021.
His previous clause was €55 million (£46.8 million), but it has now rose to €65 million (£55.4 million), though the Lilywhites are hoping they can secure Torres for a lesser figure.
The Verdict: Huge coup…
If Paratici can somehow get this one over the line for Nuno, even factoring in their sell-to-buy policy, it would be one huge coup for Spurs.
Described as ‘sensational’ by Levante head coach Paco Lopez, the young defender possesses an incredible composure and assurance in passing out from the back – as stated by those who have worked with him throughout his career (The Athletic).
Standing at a colossal 6 foot 3, Torres also has the physicality to succeed in Premier League football and, with plenty of years still ahead of him, could gain Spurs some significant sell-on value.
In other news: Agreement reached: Tottenham confirm another N17 exit in social media announcement, find out more here.
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