Even after bringing in Cristian Romero from Atalanta a couple of weeks ago, it appears Tottenham Hotspur is not yet done signing defenders. Today, in a piece co-written by Paul Hirst and Gary Jacob, the Times of London is reporting that Tottenham are set to make an approach for 24-year old Villarreal centerback Pau Torres.
Torres was a mainstay for the Villarreal side that won the Europa League over Manchester United last season, and one of the stars of Spain’s EURO 2020 squad this summer. In fact, he’s been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Manchester City and was said to be taking English lessons (MEN), which gives you an indication of where he’d like to go next.
Torres is an impressive defender, highly rated by defense-watchers, and would pair very well with Romero, should Spurs sign him. Using the now ubiquitous “cat and dog” defender description popularized by Michael Cox, if Cuti Romero is a dog (aggressive, one-on-one defense, pressing, tackling), Torres is more of a cat — adept at passing and playing out of the back, a little more agile, likes to start attacking moves from deep and patient in defense. Torres’ stats map from FBref.com seems to corroborate.
The Times suggests that Torres has a release clause of €65m, but that Tottenham would hope to try and cut a deal for less than that. And of course, since this is the silly season, expect that Torres is probably one of a number of players Spurs are interested in. But in a summer where Spurs have been looking at players like Jules Kounde, Nikola Milenkovich, and Takehiro Tomiyasu in addition to Romero, Torres looks like he would be an EXCELLENT young partner for Cuti. Sign me up for a seat on the hype train, I’m all the heck in.