Tottenham Hotspur are working on a deal to bring Villarreal and Spain centre-back Pau Torres to North London this summer, with Giovani Lo Celso going the other way.
The Lowdown: Villarreal regular
The 25-year-old has been a regular fixture in the Villarreal defence this term, having made 47 appearances in all competitions according to Transfermarkt, helping the La Liga side reach the Champions League semi-final stage.
The Latest: Spurs looking for Bastoni alternative
According to Sky Sport Italia, Spurs are working out a move for the 18-time Spain international this summer, in a move which would end up in Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (who has been on loan at the La Liga club this season) heading in the opposite direction.
The news comes as Antonio Conte’s former player and current transfer target Alessandro Bastoni looks set to stay at Inter Milan, after his agent held discussions with the Serie A club this week.
The Verdict: A great option for Spurs
The potential signing of Torres will excite Spurs fans, Conte, and Fabio Paratici, with the club desiring a centre-back addition at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this summer.
It seems that the 6 foot 2 Spaniard would be an excellent acquisition for Spurs, and has been dubbed a “dream” signing by content creator Ryan Haber, as well as an “extraordinary talent” by his ex-coach Javi Calleja.
He ranks in the top 1% of centre-backs in Europe’s top five leagues per 90 minutes for dribbles completed according to FBref, suggesting that the current Villarreal man would be comfortable playing in Conte’s back three system in which centre-backs are encouraged to play out from the back.
He also ranks in the top 10% of centre-backs for progressive passes and progressive carries according to the same stats provider, suggesting that he is capable of starting attacks from the back.
The Spanish international has made 28 tackles, 43 blocks, and 44 interceptions in La Liga this season according to FBref, suggesting that he may be challenged slightly more in the Premier League, but also proving that he is capable of putting in that vital block or tackle to win a game.
His average SofaScore rating for the La Liga campaign is 7.09, which shows that he has performed well on a consistent basis domestically this season, while his Champions League rating is 7.00, suggesting that his performances don’t tend to dip by much when playing against the strongest teams.
If Spurs are going to lessen the price of Torres by throwing Lo Celso in the deal (a bit-part player during his time in North London) then he is definitely worth attempting to sign, with the Villarreal man already proving his worth on the biggest stage this season.