Report: Chelsea now keen to sign 'tremendous' £51m rated star who doesn't want to join Tottenham
Chelsea have reportedly added Pau Torres to their list of potential centre-back options.
This is coming from the mouth of 90min, who claim the Villarreal defender is being tracked by the Blues.
Pau right now
Torres has certainly come to the Premier League and Europe’s attention in the past 12 months.
He was part of Villarreal’s successful Europa League squad last season, helping Unai Emery’s side scythe down Manchester United in the final.
Ironically, United were one of the teams tracking the 24-year-old all summer, before they decided to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid instead.
Another English club that apparently had their eye on the centre-half was Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the player with Villarreal running through his veins admitted he turned down Tottenham’s approaches.
“I am informed of Tottenham’s interest, but I have always been clear about what I wanted to continue at Villarreal,” he said earlier this month.
The Spanish international also featured for his country at the European Championships and Olympics ahead of the domestic season.
But there was very little rest after that for the centre-back, as Torres returned to action almost immediately after his international adventures.
His first Villarreal mission was to take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
Perhaps running on pure adrenaline, he managed to last 120 minutes but could not prevent the Blues from claiming victory.
Maybe this is where the intrigue from the Stamford Bridge chain of command stems from.
Or, their interest might have been harboured long before.
A report from The Athletic in June stated the pearly-eyed defender had been noted as a possible defensive recruit.
Although Torres’ ratings have shot through the roof recently, he has always been valued by those who know him best.
“He has especially, for a defender, a tremendous ease of playing passes through the lines, always finding the free player,” explained Miguel Alvarez, a former coach of Villarreal B.
“Above all, he was excellent at making decisions; a tremendous calmness on the ball, which few defenders have.”
Calm is something Chelsea need right now, having lost two consecutive games in a row.
But they won’t be able to harness the tranquillity of Torres until at least January.
If they were to move for the Spaniard, his release clause stands at €60m (£51.7m).