Spanish newspaper La Razon claims Chelsea are ready to activate the £ 50m release clause in Villarreal defender Pau Torres’ contract – due to interest from Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Torres, 25, is known for rejecting Tottenham last summer and choosing to remain in Villarreal – where the yellow submarine has qualified for the Champions League. An inspired move, after reaching the semifinals.
He impressed against Liverpool on Wednesday in the first game, and despite the 2-0 loss, Villarreal’s central defense hardly put a foot wrong all night. Instead, the sheer class and intensity got Liverpool across the line at Anfield.
Spanish outlet La Razon reports that the Spanish national team player has a clause in his contract worth £ 50 million. Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are all eager – but Chelsea seem to be taking the first step.
It is clear that in order for Chelsea to make such an offer, new owners must be in place before they can make any movements in the transfer market – but they are expected to have a new board in place before the summer arrives.
Tottenham, City, United or Chelsea – what’s best for Torres?
Manchester City would be incredibly difficult to break into. John Stones, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte impress – and even Nathan Ake has done so recently. City hardly need another center-back, though Etihad will be tempting.
Manchester United are a mess at the moment and although it has tempted Erik Ten Hag, there will be reservations with Champions League football a mile away. Tottenham can be a decent move if they get into fourth place.
But it will be difficult to improve on the rejuvenated Eric Dier and Cristian Romero. His best move is actually Chelsea, where Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta are all ready to leave on a free transfer.
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